Whether you are a visitor to our community, are researching your family roots, need background on an historic building or are just interested in local history, this website is your one-stop source of information on our heritage.
The site offers you a glimpse of the history of Dufferin Municipality from the pre-settlement era to the post–1870 influx of homesteading families, and from the arrival of the railways to the rise and decline of the small towns and communities along its path.
You will also discover the wealth of historic buildings, cairns, plaques and other heritage resources that our communities have to offer.
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News and Events: August 2016
NEW ON OUR WEBSITE. Our Guide to Carman-Dufferin Cemeteries is now online.
Tour the nine public cemeteries and learn more about their location, history and layout, changing styles and materials of gravestones, symbolic meaning of designs, and changing craftsmanship. You will also find a section on location and background information on abandoned burial sites.
The cemetery project began last fall with visits to each of our public cemeteries and initial photos of most of the grave markers. In larger cemeteries such as Carman Greenwood, we photographed samples or small sections of the cemetery, looking for examples of different styles, materials and craftsmanship, interesting inscriptions, symbols and motifs.
Evening primrose, symbolizing eternal love, memory, youth, hope and sadness
It was a fascinating project, partly because we learned how much more there is to see when you know what to look for, even in places you have visited all your life. Winter storms and soggy spring days were welcomed as an excuse for escaping into research and writing.
The final products are: 1) a guide to the nine public cemeteries in the municipalities, plus a section on abandoned burial sites; 2) a brochure with map of cemetery locations and QR code to access online version of the guide, and 3) signs which will be placed in cemeteries, giving QR code access to online guide content specific to the cemetery. The guide can be accessed online now; brochures and signs will available this fall.
Earlier news items are stored on a separate "Old News" page.