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Glencoe & District Historical Society

Preservation of Local Heritage

247 Main Street
Glencoe & District Historical Society, 247 Main St., Glencoe Ontario


Located in the town of Glencoe Ontario, the Glencoe & District Historical Society was formed in 1978 and has been an intricate part of the community these many years. The promotion of local history, genealogy, and the preservation of historical documents are among the primary objectives of the society.

Formed in April 1978, the Glencoe & District Historical Society was created to promote, encourage and foster the study of local history and genealogy including original research. It is an incorporated non-profit volunteer organization. It is a member of the Ontario Historical Society and the Ontario Genealogical Society. The founding president Reverend George Hamilton held a strong passion regarding the preservation of local history and believed in the importance of sharing knowledge and engaging people with an organization that would provide an environment focused on encouraging these interests.

Today the Historical Society continues with the same believes and passions. Many of the members are experts in various topics of regional history. A brief list of local historical expertise includes:

Of course many members are relatively new to the region, and may not offer specialized expertise in specific topics of local history. But all members share a common enthusiasm for learning and sharing knowledge.

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Glencoe & District

Ontario Counties The Historical Society primarily focuses on local history within the bounds of the current Municipality of Southwest Middlesex, located in the south-west tip of Middlesex County

The area encompassed by this region includes:

     - Village of Glencoe
     - Ekfrid Township [Former]
     - Mosa Township [Former]
     - Appin
     - Newbury
     - Melbourne
     - Middlemiss
     - Wardsville

Townships Brief History - Formation of the Townships

The Townships of Mosa, Ekfrid, Carodoc and Lobo were formed in 1821 following a land purchase from the Chippewas. These were known as the Longwoods Townships, and they were attached to the District of London.

The Township of Metcalfe formed in 1845 from the north section of Ekfrid, and a southern portion of Adelaide Township. The modern boundary of Middlesex County and its townships were defined before Canada's confederation in 1867.

In January of 2001 the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex was formed from the amalgamation of Ekfrid and Mosa Townships along with the villages of Glencoe, Appin, Melbourne, Wardsville, and Middlemiss. Newbury was not included in the amalgamation and remains an independent municipality within Middlesex County.

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Our Mission Statement

  1. To promote, encourage and foster the study of local history and genealogy including original research.
  2. To collect and preserve information, including books, manuscripts, typescripts, charts, maps, photographs, photostats, microfilms, tapes and related material for such historical study.
  3. To reproduce some of the talks presented to the Society, as well as other research and materials, particularly relating to the region and to sell such reproductions.
  4. To encourage, support and solicit research information on heritage buildings in our District as well as lend our support to other community groups who are active and interested in the preservation and restoration of heritage buildings.

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Schedule of Events

September 21, 22, 23, 2013

Historical Society Booth at Glencoe Fair
Location: Glencoe Fair

September 29, 2013

Roast Beef Dinner Theatre at Thamesville United Church. The play performed is "Like a Hero, Going Home - The Final Days of Tecumseh". $25.00. Phone 519-692-4824 for information and reservations.
Location: Thamesville United Church

October 2, 2013 - 10:00AM

Tours of Three Nations living side by side. Shuttle bus leaves the Community Centre at the Chippewas Complex from 10:00AM onward. Complementary lunch will be provided.
Location: Chippewas Community Centre

October 5, 2013

Historic Re-enactment of "The Battle of Moraviontown" also known as the "Battle of the Thames". The Canadian Cowgirls will take part in the battle costumed as the Kentucky Rifles, which was an American regiment.

November 20, 2013 - 2:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Ann Pelkman of "Seasons" in Strathroy will speak on her life in Holland during the 2nd World War.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

January 15, 2014 - 7:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Mark Dickerson, co-ordinator of the re-enactment of the "Battle of the Thames" will speak on the efforts involved and the history of the battle.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

February 19, 2014 - 7:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Ken and Sharon Beecroft of "Victorian Pines" will speak on their ancestor "Billy Green, the Scout", of the Battle of Stoney Creek in the war of 1812.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

March, 2014 - Commemorating the Battle Of Longwoods

Wednesday Mar 4, 5:00PM
Annual memorial service held at the Cairn on Longwoods Road. This is an annual community event. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath contact Betty Simpson, or email the Historical Society.

Location: Cairn on Longwoods Road (Hwy 2 btwn Strathburn & Wardsville)
Directions: Travelling west on Longwoods Rd, past Strathburn 3.7km
     or Travelling east on Longwoods Rd, past Wardsville 6km

Saturday Mar 8
2:00PM - Reenactment on site at Battle Hill.
2:45PM - Dedication of new memorial plaque.
3:45PM - Reception across the road from the battle site.
Location: Cairn on Longwoods Road (Hwy 2 btwn Strathburn & Wardsville)

Sunday Mar 9
Wardsville United Church will hold a BiCentenial Commemorative Service which will serve as a funeral service for the 21 soldiers buried at the battle site.

April 18, 2014 - 7:00PM

Membership Annual Meeting: Dessert and coffee at 7:00, followed by annual meeting. Finish with a fun "Show and Tell". Everyone bring an item of heritage interest.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

May 21, 2014 - 2:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Marilyn McCallum, who toured Ireland last year with her husband Don, will speak on Tourism mixed with History.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

July 28, 2014 - 2:00PM

Community Memorial Service at Gardiner Cemetary, 450 Longwoods Rd, burial site for the early Cashmere pioneers. A summertime service at a designated cemetery is an annual tradition for the Historical society. Cemeteries are steeped in history, and provide an excellent backdrop to the telling of an area's history. This year it is co-ordinated by Ken Willis. Bring lawn chairs. No rain date.
Location: Gardiner Cemetary, 450 Longwoods Rd. Travelling southwest on Longwoods, go through Wardsville, pass Cashmere Rd, continue for 0.7km. Small cemetery on the RH side beside the road.

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Executive Board & Managers


Jo-Ann Galbraith

Past President:

Harold Whitbourn

Vice President:

Jack Galbraith


Lorne Munro


Micki Angyal
Marilyn McCallum


Harold Whitbourn
Betty Simpson
Harold Carruthers
Ina Nelms
Mary McKellar
Marilyn McCallum
Norm Jackson


Financial Chair – Harold Whitbourn
Membership Chair– Harold Carruthers
Program Chair – Betty Simpson
Equipment Chair – Norm Jackson
Social Chair – Ina Nelms
Archivist - Lorne Munroe

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Related Links

  History & Genealogy Resources

Ontario Historical Society (OHS)
34 Parkview Avenue
Willowdale, Ontario, M2N 3Y2
Phone: 416-226-9011
Fax: 416-226-2740

Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS)
40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 102
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9 Canada
Phone: 416-489-0734

London And Middlesex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

London Public Library
Central Branch,
251 Dundas Street
London, ON N6A 6H9 Canada
Phone: 519-661-4600

  Government & Programs

Municipality of Southwest Middlesex
153 McKellar Street, Box 218
Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0
Phone: 519-287-2015
Fax: 519-287-2359

Middlesex County
Middlesex County Administration Offices
399 Ridout Street North
London, ON N6A 2P1
Phone: 519-434-7321
Fax: 519-434-0638

  Local History, Heritage, & Tourism

Middlesex Tourism (CFDC of Middlesex County)

Upper Thames Military Reenactment Society (UTMRS)

The General Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Project

Morningstar Mill, Historic Mill, Restored & Operating
2710 DeCew Road, St. Catharines, Ontario, Local News, Events, and History

Your Wardsville, Local News and Events

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the Glencoe & District Historical Society at the following address:

Glencoe & District Historical Society
P.O. Box 313
247 Main Street,
Glencoe Ontario
Canada N0L 1M0
Tel: (519) 287-3897

Resource Room Hours:
Wed: 2:00-4:00pm, 7:00-9:00pm
Sat: 10:00-2:00pm
Or by Appointment

Society Membership:
Membership Chair: Harold Carruthers
Tel: (519) 287-3544

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