Ramsay Book-1

on Wednesday,Dec.10; 2014 from 2-4 pm

at the Almonte Public Library(meeting room)

Hard Cover copies of the 370 page book -$45

available at the book launch

at Archives Lanark (near Drummond Center)

online at

or from Marilyn Snedden at 613 256-3130

Published by Archives Lanark

After several years of reporting that the book on the rural schools of Ramsay Township is nearly finished, it has finally come to pass. Years ago Archives Lanark decided to document the history of the rural schools of Lanark County since the one room schools were amalgamated into larger schools by 1970 and many records disappeared when the Upper Canada District School Board was formed.

A commitee chaired by Eleanor Henderson held several Open Houses to seek out teachers and students who had photos and material to share. The result was 14 large binders ,one for each township,which formed the basis for future publications. Over the years Lavant/Darling, Dalhousie, North Elmsley, Lanark and Beckwith have been published, all in a hard cover format, selling for $45. In the first editions graphics had to be contracted out. Now our members are able to take that step over with assistance from Frances Rathwell,a member of the Archives Lanark board.

George Stewart’s book on Pakenham and Irene Spence’s on Drummond are nearing completion as well so if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone who attended school before the 70’s check online at or come to Archives Lanark at 1920 Con.7,Drummond(near Drummond Center) when we are open-Friday, Dec 5& 19 and Saturday, Dec13 from 10 am to 3 pm. You can also call Marilyn Snedden(Ramsay Coordinator)at 613 256-3130 who has Ramsay books at her home.

Every effort has been made to collect all available material and many people have been interviwed for memories, but if you have relevant material we missed, it can be kept in the file at the archives or used in a reprint if the books sell out.

The Rural Schools of Ramsay will be officially launched on Wed. Dec.10 from 2-4 pm at the Almonte Library . Archives Lanark is grateful to the Town of Mississippi Mills and the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society for financial assistance in this project.