The Hastings County Historical Society is excited to announce the locations of seven historical bronze plaques that were unveiled in various communities throughout Hastings County during Summer 2018. One more way in which the Society tries to make history come alive for the people of Hastings County.

The Historical Plaque Project was initiated in 2017 with the unveiling of five plaques at various sites throughout downtown Belleville to commemorate the city’s 200th anniversary and an additional plaque at the Yeomans Street site of the former Marchmont Distribution Home for British Home Children. Initially intended to be a two-year project covering Belleville the first year and the County of Hastings the second year, this project was given an extra boost by the unexpected donation of $25,000 from the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Company as part of their celebration of Canada’s sesqui-centennial.

In Fall 2017, Hastings County Historical Society President Richard Hughes invited all municipalities in Hastings County (exclusive of Belleville) to propose historical sites in their jurisdictions that would be good candidates for a commemorative plaque. The response from municipalities was quite positive. The HCHS Board reviewed submissions and selected the following plaques:

Date           Time           Subject of Plaque              Location of Ceremony

June 23       2 p.m.        Thomasburg Spring               Thomasburg Spring Park

July 6          2 p.m.         Chisholm’s Mill                       The Mill at Roslin

July 14        2 p.m.         The Bancroft Hotel                 4 Bridge St. W. Bancroft

July 19        5 p.m.         Hamlet of Corbyville               Signal Brewery, Corbyville

July 28        11 a.m.       MacKenzie’s Mills                    Bronson Parkette, Madoc

Aug. 8         2 p.m.         Village of Lonsdale                 At the bridge, Lonsdale

Aug. 14       5:30 p.m.    Marmora Miners                      Memorial Park, Marmora

The Historical Society worked with citizens, municipalities and media in each community to plan an unveiling ceremony and publicize each event. Everyone was invited to attend these public ceremonies, which were followed by refreshments and an opportunity to celebrate the history of each community.

For more information on the Society, go to its website www.hastingshistory.ca or, for more comment on this particular project, contact Richard Hughes at 613-961-7772 or president@hastingshistory.ca.