We hope that you have been thinking about who or what organization you would nominate for the 2014 Heritage Certificate of Recognition. The deadline for submissions is less than two months away. Perhaps, during the holidays, it could be a topic of discussion when you are chatting with family or friends.
Since 2009, the Grey County Historical Society has awarded the Heritage Certificate of Recognition to individuals and organizations. The Grey County Historical Society (GCHS) Heritage Certificate of Recognition honours and recognizes a work or works of heritage by an individual, organization, institution or business that has made a significant contribution to the promotion or preservation of the history of Grey County.
2009 - Doug and Rob Shouldice for restoring the former Shallow Lake Hotel.
2010 - Jim Brunow for restoring two homes in the former St. Vincent Township
2010 - Normanby Presbyterian Church for their history book of the church and community
2011 - St. George's Anglican Church, Owen Sound for the steeple restoration
2012 - Kemble Women's Institute for the Lookout and Parkette honouring the Women's Institute.
2013 - Andrew Armitage - preserving and promoting the history of the County of Grey through his writing
Nominations are due by February 1 at noon.
Full details can be found on our website There you can find the nomination form and helpful information about what criteria are considered when the nominations are reviewed and the winner is chosen.
Nomination forms will be sent out to the mailing list and are available at libraries and museums in Grey County.
The certificate will be awarded at the Grey County Historical Society's annual dinner May 21 at Keady.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Although Clarksburg is a small village within the Town of the Blue Mountains now known mainly for art and antiques, it has a most interesting history. Our speaker, Rob Potter, shared stories with those in attendance at the Society meeting at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg.
Clarksburg is not named for the found, William Jabez Marsh who arrived around 1854 but for William Clark who had the woolen mill.
St. George's English Church was the only church right within the village limits. The black bridge is of note with being a bow bridge with an overhead brace.
In 1930s the apple industry took off. By the 1980s the village seemed to be in decline. The introduction of art galleries and antique stores have been a real asset to the community.
Rob Potter talked about some of "the characters" of Clarksburg. It is interesting that from a small community came two tightrope walkers: Samuel Dixon and Clifford Calverly.
Another person of note who lived for a short time was Sam Steele who became the leader of the North West Mounted Police.
The Marsh Street Community Centre where we had our meeting has become an important part of the community.