The Newcastle Village and District Historical Society, in Newcastle, Ontario was formed by a group of citizens in 1981 to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the former Village of Newcastle and its immediate environs. Today, we have an extensive collection of artifacts, documents and photographs and offer help with research into the history of the area, including its businesses and families.

We are located in the former public library in the Newcastle Community Hall. We have permanent and special displays in the historical room and are open to the public. We are a registered charity, supported by our almost 200 members, local sponsors and donors, with some additional assistance from the Town of Clarington and the Government of Canada (Canada Summer Jobs). We welcome all new members and donors!


News & Events

Newcastle Community Hall

2024 Annual General Meeting

Mark your calendars

Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m.
Historical Room, Newcastle Community Hall

Find out what we’ve been doing for the past year, elect 2024-2025 Board of Directors, participate in our fun and informative Show and Tell and enjoy a light lunch afterwards.

Antique bottles

Vintage Vessels: Exploring the World of Antique Bottle Collecting

NVDHS General Meeting

On Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., join us for a talk at Newcastle Community Hall (main hall) on the fascinating world of antique bottle collecting, featuring local collectors Carl Parsons, George Miller and Glen Moorhouse. Free and open to all.

Jane Eccles dress paintings - Olive Wilmot and Anna Massey

Join us for Family Day, February 19

Local artist, Jane Eccles, has painted many historical dresses in her career, including two dresses from notable Newcastle women, Olive Wilmot and Anna Vincent Massey, who were part of Newcastle’s “elite” at one time.

In order for everyone to be able to see these dresses and their mirror images, we will be open on Family Day, February 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, so bring the family over to take a look. There will be special activities for kids. (up-coming history buffs!).

Santa Parade - Newcastle, Ontario November 19, 2023

2023 Newcastle Santa Parade

From behind-the-scenes preparation through to the jolly old elf himself, relive the 2023 parade in our slideshow and find yourself, your friends or your family enjoying the festivities on November 19, 2023!

Christmas Cookies

NVHDS Christmas Open House

Come meet the directors and your fellow members and enjoy lots of Christmas treats, mulled cider, special children’s Christmas craft and Christmas music. We’ll be open from 9:30 to noon and look forward to seeing you all!

Please note that we will be closed Dec. 19, reopening on January 2.
Double your impact

Double your impact – donate now!

Help us promote and preserve Newcastle history by making it more easily accessible and available to the community and beyond, through our digitization project. With the help of summer students and our volunteers, we’ve been busy cataloguing and documenting our collection for the past four years, but we still have lots to do.

We’re looking forward to the New Year with hope and enthusiasm – and would be thrilled if you would join in the effort to help fund our activities, including a summer student for 2024. All donations made before the end of day December 31, up to a total of $2000 will be matched. Help us raise $4000 for 2023!

John McFeeters artifacts

Saving history

November 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

NVDHS General Meeting

Guest speaker John McFeeters is an avid detectorist and finder of historic artifacts. He will talk about his fascinating hobby and show us the various treasures he has located in our area.

He has done metal detecting on many public and private properties over the years, including abandoned homesteads, schools and churches. Locally, this includes Ebor House; the site of the Samuel Wilmot homestead and Fish Hatchery; and the original Massey foundry site. 

Evva Massey, John Massey and Myno Van Dyke

Community Hall 100th Celebration photo gallery

The July 29, 2023 celebration in pictures – from set up to musical performances. Spot yourself/your friends/your neighbours!
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