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Rideau Township Historical Society, Box 56, North Gower, Ontario K0A 2T0

The Rideau Township Historical Society was established September 18, 1974 as an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society. The Society has been given membership on Rideau Township's Heritage Advisory Committee. See the reference below to the constitutive by-law establishing the Heritage Advisory Committee.


  • to stimulate interest in the people and places of Rideau Township
  • to collect, classify, edit and preserve information relating to the Township
  • to disseminate material by publishing, by holding meetings for the presentation of papers and discussion, and by marking historic sites
  • to cooperate with other bodies pursuing the same goals in Rideau Township

The Rideau Township Historical Society operates without purpose of gain for its members; any profits or other gains are used in promoting its objectives.


Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. at various locations within Rideau Township. The meetings are friendly gatherings featuring presentations on local history. Here are some samples....

Saturday June 20 - visit to Fulford Place in Brockville. Lunch served on the patio of Fulford Place. Leave by car from Township Archives, North Gower. The cost of tour and lunch is $11.50. Call for information: 489-3785; 489-3670.
April 18, 1995, the RTHS and the Rideau Township Archives presented a Genealogy Workshop, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Archives Building in North Gower. Research tables; maps; cemetary records; church records; local histories; family histories; Tweedsmuir histories; United Empire loyalists; military records, genealogy computer programs.

The March, 1998 meeting had a presentation by Coral Lindsay of stories and vignettes of early pioneer families who settled in the wilds of Rideau Township.

  The February, 1998 Annual General meeting, with a special presentation, "The Home Children", presented by Mr. Bob Stacey

 The May, 1997 meeting featured a presentation by Ralph and Hilda Eames and Barry and Anne Thomas
The Quaker Tapestry


June, 1997 Outing
Members and Friends Summer Visit to Historic Perth for guided tour of the historic Matheson House.Optional town walk-about with local historian and artist Craig Campbell. Lunch at Perth Manor Heritage Inn
October, 1997 Meeting
"Bread is the Staff of Life"
Wednesday October 15, 1997, at the Miller's Oven, Mill Street, Manotick
Speaker: Larry Ellis, R.T.H.S. member and Mill Director at large.
November, 1997 Meeting
Rideau Heritage Unity Meeting of LACAC, R.T. Archives, and R.T. Historical Society. Speakers on the activities and plans of the three organizations.


The Rideau Township Historical Society has an active membership of over 50. Annual fees are $10 per person, or $15 per family.


For more information on the activities of the Rideau Township Historical Society, or to become a member,
e-mail to the Rideau Township Historical Society,
or call

E. Field (613) 489-3915 - R. Wallace (613) 489-3454 - C. Caroll (613) 692-4331