Chesterville and District Historical Society 40th Anniversary

Chesterville historic plaque
May 24, 2024

CHESTERVILLE, Ontario - The Chesterville and District Historical Society is planning a special day to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Through these years members have been preserving local history, collecting artifacts and stories from residents who have made this area their home.

On Saturday June 15 CDHS will be offering horse-drawn wagon rides through the streets of Chesterville between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., starting at the Heritage Centre, 14 Victoria St. Guides will tell stories about how events through the decades have shaped and changed our community. In the mid-19th Century, the village was the municipal capital of the region, with the mills along the river being the hub of local industry. Chesterville became incorporated in 1890, with the coming of the railway providing an important link to major urban centres.

CDHS will be launching a booklet written by Carolyn Thompson Goddard, highlighting businesses and significant points of interest both past and present.  Included will be historic photographs showing buildings that once were here, alongside photos from today, so that the public can see for themselves how the landscape has changed through time. The booklet will be available for sale at the Heritage Centre for $10.

The Heritage Centre we will be open throughout the day, and CDHS members will be on hand to talk about the displays. Please join in the fun with a ‘cake cutting’ ceremony that will take place at 10:30 a.m. with the launch of the booklet. The Rotary Club of Chesterville will also be putting on a barbecue.  Reid Acres Percherons will be providing wagon rides. Each ride will last approximately an hour starting at 10 a.m.