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Preserving the Past for the Future.

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 and in the north, as well as Flinton to the west and Harlowe to the east.

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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.

Join Us June 25th To Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary!

It’s been a long time coming!  The Cloyne and District Historical Society has been active since 1972. It began with a group of local people who called themselves “The Pioneer Club”. They were keenly interested in saving the heritage of “those hardy souls, man, woman and child”. With input from residents whose families had lived in the area for 100 years the first publication was ‘The Oxen and the Axe’ in 1974. Eight years later the Pioneer Museum in Cloyne opened in 1982.

Enjoy live entertainment, a BBQ, cold drinks and cake and help us celebrate the past 50 years! 

 

50th Anniversary CDHS Poster 2022

Our signature book, 'Whiskey & Wickedness' is now available.

The frontier land of what is now North Frontenac and Addington Highlands was rough and lawless in the nineteenth century. Larry Cotton, who has been featured on CBC, CTV, and The Discovery Channel has unearthed stories of this area that have never before been told. He is a tireless researcher of old newspapers, atlases, and archives.

His accounts of body snatchings, robberies, and murders will take your breath away. Newly released with over 400 pages, Whiskey and Wickedness, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington is now available at The Museum Bookstore.

Visit our Bookstore today.

Our Blog – Featuring Our Latest News, Events, and Items of Interest

2022 Spring Newsletter 'The Pioneer Times' now online!

In the Spring 2022 edition of the Pioneer Times, you will find updated reports from our President and Treasurer as well as a financial statement for 2021.  Also, the Museum, Patrons, and Bookstore reports can be found.  The new Flickr Cemeteries Gallery has been added to our digital resources plus, we have launched a new, mobile-friendly website with more digital resources than ever!  Of special note is the article of local aviator and hero Hiller (Jake) Thompson. Jake was known in the aviation world as one of Canada’s best-known fliers. He was the son of Casber and Lulu Thompson in Northbook. And, the Deacons are off to another Model Soldier competition in June!

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 Extends Free Membership Through 2022

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 has usually been $10, but this continues to be waived for 2022 due to the restrictions the COVID pandemic has placed on activities. Sign up today to take advantage of this special offer.

CDHS Extends Free Membership Through 2022

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 has usually been $10, but this continues to be waived for 2022 due to the restrictions the COVID pandemic has placed on activities. Sign up today to take advantage of this special offer.