Flashback February

The Prince Edward Historical Society, the Museums of PEC, the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee and History Lives Here have pooled their resources to organize “Flashback February“. The week-long event includes speakers, demonstrations, films, and themed dinners all to celebrate our local heritage. There’s something for everybody, so please make plans to attend and join us. The kick off is on Saturday, February 17th at Parsons Brewery in Picton.

Flashback February poster


There are two events coming up for Historical Society members and history enthusiasts. On the weekend of June 24th/25th we will once again hold Prince Edward’s celebration of history and heritage at the Essroc Centre in Wellington. This two-day event includes talks and presentations and a trade show on the Saturday, followed by a selection of tours of heritage sites on the Sunday. Read more on the event’s website or have a look at the media release.

On July 16th, Prince Edward County will be celebrating its 225th birthday, and the Prince Edward Historical Society will mark the occasion with brunch and our AGM at Glenwood Cemetery at 11.00am. A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

The AGM will be followed by a talk on the County’s plans to mark the anniversary by Dawn Ayer of the Economic Development Department.

2017 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society has been postponed due to the current state of emergency. We will update this post when we have a new date.

Our speaker will be Wendy Lane of the Prince Edward County Economic Development Department. Wendy will update us on the County’s plans for marking Canada’s 150th and Prince Edward County’s 225th birthdays.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

The first of our Two Days About Yesterday event was a great success, with many visitors attending the exhibition and talks in Wellington’s Highline Hall.



Ernie Margetson’s talk on the history of Prince Edward County’s barns was very well attended, with the audience completely enraptured by his exploration of the development of barn-building in this area. Ernie’s talk was well illustrated by the dozens of photographs he has taken of barns over the past three decades, many of which are no longer standing.

Steve and Ernie

Visitors also enjoyed the talks by Krista Richardson of Prince Edward County Archives and Ian Robertson, who talked about Camp Picton. A delicious lunch of heritage-theme foods helped sustain everyone’s energy levels.


Tomorrow the history weekend continues with three tours and another speaker: Marc Seguin will be talking about lighthouses at the Mariners’ Museum, South Marysburgh, at 12pm. There are tours of Camp Picton and the ‘Her Stories’ presentation and tour of Glenwood Cemetery. (Booking form for the tours.)

Thanks to all the exhibitors for their time and we hope to see you again in 2017!

Applications are currently being accepted by the County Community Foundation for requests for funding to “aid the preservation, protection, or restoration of a heritage structure within the geographic area of Prince Edward County deemed historically or culturally significant to the community.” These funds are raised from the proceeds of the annual Christmas House Tours of Prince Edward County. This year the tours will be held on December 4th.

Information on how to apply for a “SAVE THE DAY” grant

Download the Built Heritage Application Form

Applications are due by June 15th, 2016.

The Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario (lower level meeting room).

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Our guest speaker will be Lindsay Reid of ERA Architects who is in charge of ERA’s Prince Edward County office.

ERA is a renowned leader in historical and heritage restoration projects.

Some of the company’s more recent projects include Toronto’s Distillary District and the Imperial Oil building, and the restoration of the Royal Hotel in Picton. Lindsay will talk about Heritage Conservation Districts, including Picton’s, that ERA has been involved in creating.

Please join us for what should be an interesting presentation.

The AGM will also include an update about our heritage event, ‘Two Days About Yesterday’ that is taking place on June 18th and 19th.

After careful consideration, the executive of the historical society has decided, regrettably, to postpone November’s ‘Two Days About Yesterday’ event until next spring.

A number of factors led to our decision, including cancellations by some previously committed exhibitors.

We will publish the revised date and location when they are set.