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.

Pioneer Museum

Archives

Historical Society

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.

CDHS Book and Trunk Sale Poster

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

CDHS Book and Trunk Sale Poster

Our First-Ever Book and Trunk Sale!

The CDHS is holding its first-ever Book and Trunk Sale at the Barrie Community Hall on Saturday, May 21st of the May long weekend. The sale will run from 10 AM to 4 PM. The parking area will accommodate up to 25 vendor vehicles, so it is suggested that you book your spot early. The cost is $15 per vehicle. You must be registered, and your spot paid for one week before the event.

Contact:  Janet Wilson via email or FB messenger or you call 613-480-5278 or cell 613-243-0125. There will be a BBQ and drinks available for purchase, and entertainment featuring Pickled String Band and Coop De Ville.

'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

Festubert Post Office on Skootamatta – Loon Lake

Festubert Post Office on Skootamatta – Loon Lake

During the 1930s all that remained of the first Festubert seasonal post office on a tiny Ontario island in Loon Lake, now known as Skootamatta Lake, was the building’s granite fireplace and foundation. The post office has been located in Mike Schwaeger’s frame house

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'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.

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!

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.