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

Zoom meeting

2022 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m. via Zoom All members welcome! Business of the Meeting: We will address the following items at the Annual Meeting (the Meeting): Receiving Annual Financial Statements for the financial years ended December 31 2020 and December 31, 2021 The election of Directors, who will serve until the next Annual Meeting … Read more
Farny's boat

Fall 2021 Newsletter Excerpts

The Legends Of Newcastle

Meet Farncomb LeGresley of Newcastle, Ontario. He was born in 1926 and he grew up in Ebor House, located at 573 Mill St S. The house was built in the 1860s by his great grandfather, Frederick Farncomb.

In October, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Farncomb LeGresley for the first time. To say that he is an interesting gentleman is an understatement. His creativity and wisdom are fascinating, and his ability to recite history like it was yesterday, is even more admirable. I probably could have listened to him for hours…maybe days.

However, I only had a short window of opportunity, so I chose to focus on Farncomb from a personal and business perspective. What could I possibly share, that we don’t already know?

Dutch Immigration to Canada

Spring 2021 Newsletter Excerpts

The Dutch in Clarington

Prior to WW2, Dutch Emigration to Canada was minimal. The year 1929 saw about 2,500 emigrants make their way to Canada; many came to farm in the Prairie Provinces. After World War 1, the supply of free or cheap land in the North and the Prairies declined rapidly. Immigration essentially came to a standstill during Second World War. By then, more Canadians were moving from farms and rural communities to the cities, which left a lot of employment opportunities in agriculture for those wishing to come to Canada.

Ray and Mabel Good

Winter 2021 Newsletter Excerpts

Ray & Mabel Goode

Mabel Lillian Clemence, was born October 8, 1923 at Lot 1, Concession 1 in Darlington Township. This farm property, called “Spruce Grove” was on the north side of Highway 2, just west of the Darlington/Clarke Townline. Her parents were William John Clemence, who was born in Hope Township, and Georgina Allan, who was from Fenelon Falls, Ontario. Mabel had 3 sisters, Mary, Isabelle (Sacerty) and Jean (Holmes) and 3 brothers, Allan, Charlie and Art. Their property was originally owned by William McIntosh. This house was originally built in 1828 and the Bemis family lived there at one time.

Ebor House

The Old House Project

Do you live in a house built before 1920? We want to hear from you!

Newcastle, we want your houses on file! We’ve been talking about doing an inventory of our older houses in a more organized manner for some time – so now, as an adjunct to our digitization project, we are asking you to help us kickstart this project.

What can you do to participate?

If your house is from 1920 or earlier, we ask that you send us at least one photo, the address and any pertinent information you have. Fill out the simple form and then we’ll give you instructions for sending photos after you contact us.

George Agnew

Summer 2020 Newsletter Excerpts

Gordon Agnew- Newcastle’s Newspaper Man

George “Gordon” Agnew was born in 1910 in Peterborough, Ontario, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J.Agnew. When Gordon was six years old the family moved to Orono, Ontario and Gordon attended OronoPublic School there. About 1926, Gordon’s mother passed away suddenly and his father Frederick was in poor health so Gordon left school at age 16. He began working for the Peterborough Canoe Company but after about a year had to quit that job because of crippling arthritis. Later, he purchased a printing press and started printing tickets, business cards and other items….

Closed sign

COVID-19 Update

While the Historical Room remains closed at this time (mid-September), we continue our work behind the scenes. We’re answering inquiries by email and we’re still working on our big digitization project and hope to eventually have some online exhibits for you to peruse. Work will begin soon on an online version of our walking tour. As always, we appreciate your ongoing support and hope to see you soon!
Ben & Jenette Walsh - winners NVDHS Preservation Award

March 2020 AGM

Photo gallery from our Annual General Meeting on March 10, 2020. The NVDHS Preservation Award certificate was presented to Ben and Jenette Walsh of The Refinery Salon and Barber in recognition of their efforts to preserve and restore their premises at 39 King St. E., Newcastle.

Interesting “Show and Tell” items were presented by Jean Rickard, Erla Jose, Dorella Forget and Bill Lake, among others.


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