We kick off the 2019 season with our Opening Tea in honour of Lanark Township’s Irish settlers on Sunday May 19, 2019 from 11 – 3.
Although it is well known that many of the first European settlers to the area came from Scotland, many Irish families came at the same time, seeking a new life and prosperity. Only the most enduring made the trip over the rocky terrain from Perth to Lanark Township, bringing with them skills in weaving, carpentry, blacksmithing and shoemaking. Over the next many years, hundreds more followed, including those fleeing the potato famine in the late 1840s.
A genealogist will be on hand to help with your family searches. Come out and enjoy some lively Irish fiddling as well as a taste of the food of Ireland. View items donated by descendants of the original settlers.
We invite any Lanark Township Irish descendants to bring artifacts and/or stories to share on that day. Display space is available.