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Glencoe & District Historical Society

Preservation of Local Heritage

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


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 The promotion of local history, genealogy, and the preservation of historical documents are among the primary objectives of the society.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 20 & 21 2014

Historical Society Booth at Glencoe Fair
Location: Glencoe Fair

October 15, 2014 - 2:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Gerry Veale of Strathroy will speak on the Veale Family and the Apple Growing Industry in South Caradoc.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

November 19, 2014 - 7:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Historian Colin McGugan will speak on the Sifton Family of Southern Ontario, with connections across Canada. In this year of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 we especially remember Lance Corporal Ellis Sifton V.C. of Dutton Ont, who brought honour to his family when awarded the Victoria Cross postumously for events at Vimy Ridge.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

January 21, 2015 - 2:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Ekfrid son Larry McGill will speak on Happy Days at Model Centre and S.S.#7 School House.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

February 18, 2015 - 2:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Norm Giffen of Strathroy will speak on the C.N.N. Railway Mail Service and the Great Train Robbery.
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

March 1, 2015 - 2:00PM

“Battle of the Longwoods” Memorial Service annual event arranged by the Royal Scots Military Re-enactment Society. This is an annual community event held on the first Sunday of March. 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

More Info:
(This memorial service not to be confused with the Royal-Scots annual re-enactment at Longwoods Conservation Area on May 2nd and 3rd.)

April 15, 2015 - 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 2 & 3, 2015

"Longwoods Heritage Weekend" at the Longwoods Conservation Area. Watch for signs and upcoming schedule of events!
Location: Longwoods Conservation Area, 8348 Longwoods Road (Middlesex County Rd. 2). Just south of Delaware

May 20, 2015 - 2:00PM

Membership Meeting & Presentation: Ron Doane of South Caradoc will speak on "The Komoka Wishing Well".
Location: Historical Society Building (247 Main St. Glencoe)

July 26, 2015 - 2:00PM

Community Memorial Service at Mayfair Cemetary, Longwoods Rd. Burial site for the early 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 JoAnne Galbraith. Bring lawn chairs. No rain date.
Location: Mayfair Cemetary, South of Melbourne, corner of Longwoods Rd. and Mayfair Rd. Small cemetery on the corner beside the Covenant Baptist Church.

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Executive Board & Managers


Jo-Ann Galbraith

Past President:

Harold Whitbourn

Vice President:

Norm Jackson


Lorne Munro


Marilyn McCallum


Harold Whitbourn
Betty Simpson
Harold Carruthers
Ina Nelms
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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