Clayton Grist Mill about 1953.
Clayton Grist Mill about 1953.

The Lanark County Genealogical Society is planning a narrated Historical Tour of Clayton Village and surrounding area for Saturday Oct. 3. We are excited to highlight the very interesting past of what was a very important village in the early days of Lanark County.

The beginnings of the area around Clayton village date back to the early 1820s when three main groups of people settled this part of the county. They were the Peter Robinson settlers, unassisted settlers and the Lanark Society settlers. The Peter Robinson settlers were mainly Irish Catholics, the unassisted settlers were mainly Irish Protestants and the Lanark Society Settlers were Scottish. It made for an interesting mix of people who came together in a land where there was nothing but bush with a few trails and the waterways that provided transportation routes and the potential for water power to run mills. The land had the potential to be farmed after it was cleared. And so these folks arrived to daunting conditions with lots of hope and of necessity, drive to succeed.

Our tour will highlight some of the accomplishments of these early settlers as we look at the village through the eyes of what used to be there. We will visit the pioneer farm of the Coulter family with a family graveyard, the Munro line where the early Munro families pioneered, a native burial ground and the other cemeteries in the area. We will also make a brief stop at the Tatlock Marble Mine and then return to the village for a catered lunch and a short program. There will be displays on the history of Clayton, the Middleville Museum and the Munro descendants.

We have space for 45 people but tickets must be reserved by September 12. We are working now on filling a second bus. Buses courtesy Barr Bus Lines Pakenham. Tickets are $30. The bus tour alone is $20 and the lunch is $10. A seat on the bus may be secured by sending a cheque to Lanark County Genealogical Society Clayton Tour, c/o Frances Rathwell, 68 Beckwith Street East, Perth, Ontario K7H1C1

We will have a table at the Seniors Expo in Almonte next Thursday and tickets will be available there.