Preserving and Promoting local history for the former Rideau Township
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Ottawan approaching Kars bridgePhelans school houseManotick mills c1870


The May presentation was well attended and was very interesting.  Jordan Smith presented the history of the Wilbur Mine in central Ontatio.  In fact we found out that there were a number of mines there along the route of the Pembroke and Kingston railway, a fact unknown to most of us.  A summary of the presentation can be reached by clicking the middle link above.

The Dickinson Days weekend featured beautiful weather. People took advantage of that and turned out in droves for the events.  The Dickinson House received almost a thousand visitors for a very successful day. Thanks to everyone who came and we hope to see you same time next year.

The June Excursion this year is to Kingston to visit sires focussing on Sir John A. Macdonald, this being the 200th anniversary of his birth. Find the details using the June Excursion above.

Dave Bartlett's book on heritage buildings in North Gower and the area is available online. Click here to visit the site.

Click here for more on RTHS history and interests.

Click here for links to popular sites such as other archives, historical societies, museums, and source of genealogical information.

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Quick link to last newsletter: click here to view last newsletter
Quick link to the June Excursion  click here for the write up.
Quick link to the Dickinson House Website

Page reviewed or updated June 12, 2015
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Mailing Address

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

Email: Secretary RTHS

Contact Officers

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The Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support, advice, and assistance of the City of Ottawa for our endeavours.

Rideau Branch, Ottawa Archives, North Gower

Why Not Join the RTHS?

Attend the meetings and enjoy the presentations, meet other people interested in local history, find fascinating projects to volunteer for, get assistance and advice with genealogical and historical research, and learn more about local history.

Meetings are held monthly (except for July and August) at various locations in the former Rideau Township including Manotick, Kars, North Gower, and Carsonby. We also do excursions to historical points of interest.

Yearly membership costs are $10 for a single & $15 for a family.

To join contact the Membership Director.

The June Excursion