Historical Education and Preservation – Genealogical Research – Community Engagement
Welcome to The Cloyne and District Historical Society. We are a not-for-profit, charitable, volunteer organization whose mission is to preserve and record the history of the local area and to share that knowledge with our community. Our catchment area is the Highway 41 corridor from Kaladar in the south to Denbigh,Griffith and, Matawatchan in the north, as well as Flinton to the west and Harlowe to the east.
Our collections, both in artifacts and documents, reflect the history of this area beginning from settlement times in the 1850s, with emphasis on pioneer life, mining, logging, and tourism along the Addington Colonization Road. With its unique development across county lines, its challenging terrain and its determination to remain viable, this community has generated its own lore, traditions, and legends. In recent years, the addition of an Archives has meant that family histories, photos, land deeds and other paper documents are available for genealogical researchers.
Look Deeper Into Our Digital Archives
Flickr – This is our main photo site with over 1,800 photos, documents, maps and videos.
Facebook and Instagram – Keep informed about our latest events and blog posts.
YouTube – Check out our video archvies.
Flickr Cemeteries – A digital archive of our local cemeteries, 1,200 + photos
New! Looking Back Driving Tour Is Now Available In Our Bookstore!
Just released, “Looking Back” is a journey in time from the building of Highway #41 in 1933 to the present. Travel along with a booklet that is packed with photos and stories of the people who owned businesses along the way. “Looking Back” is available at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum and Archives for $8.00. The museum is open from 10AM to 4PM every day of the week in the summer.
Our Blog – Featuring Our Latest News, Events, and Items of Interest
Did you know that two made for cinema movies were filmed in the Cloyne area in 1976 and 1981? The movies ‘Surfacing’ and ‘The Far Shore’ were filmed with US and Canadian actors in Bon Echo and Skootamatta Lake. Why did the directors choose our area? What was the budget of the films? How did the actual filming affect individual property owners?
Every individual needs to prepare a will and appoint an executor, and people often appoint their children as both executors and beneficiaries. Join us for more details at the next Speakers’ Forum.
Join us August 9th at the Northbrook Lions Hall for the next Speakers’ Forum to learn about avoiding scams and fraud. Constable David Yome from the OPP will be addressing our group as an expert in this field.
You may have noticed Little Libraries appearing here and there. Now, a Little Free Library has been installed at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum.
Join us on July 12th, 2023 at 7 pm for the next session of the Speakers’ Forum. Canada’s expert on Climate Change, Dr. Robert McLeman, will be speaking to us about what to expect in the Land O’ Lakes region in the future.
Be sure to join us at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum Saturday, June 24th, 2023 for the seasonal Grand Opening! Festivites start at 11 am.
2023 Spring Newsletter 'The Pioneer Times' now online!
In the Spring 2023 edition of the Pioneer Times, you will find updated reports from our President Shirley Sedore and Treasurer Ian Brumell. Recent big news has been the planned closing of the Bank of Montreal in Northbrook after 58 years of service. A history of the Northbrook Bank has been included. The newly formed Speakers’ Forum is a joint project of the CDHS and the Lions Club of Land O’ Lakes – full details are inside. Lastly, The Big Chair Project is on the horizon and may be located near the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy!
2021 Fall Newsletter 'The Pioneer Times' now online!
In the Fall 2021 edition of the Pioneer Times, you will continue your journey of Highway 41 landmarks and people with staff writer Marcella Neeley; join Josie Heyman and Rebekah Delyea as they pay tribute to long-time Harlowe resident, store owner and Reeve, Tom Neal; learn how a visit to the Pioneer Museum led Tracy Robertson to discover details about her grandmother’s early life at the Bon Echo Inn; and join us in saying goodbye to our good friend and longtime Historical Society member Muriel Meeks Van Ness. Enjoy!
CDHS Invites You To Join Us!
Membership allows you to take full advantage of what the Society and Museum have to offer. Members are eligible to vote at all general meetings including the AGM and to run for a position on the Board of Directors. The annual fee is only $10.00 per person. Sign up today to learn and share our history!
CDHS Invites You To Become A Member!
Membership allows you to take full advantage of what the Society and Museum have to offer. Members are eligible to vote at the AGM and to run for a position on the Board of Directors. The annual fee is only $10.00 per person. Sign up today and join us!.