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

Remembrance Day 2018

Newcastle Village and District Historical Society will be mounting a Remembrance Display in the History Room at the Newcastle Village Community Hall for the month of November. Please come and remember with us. The History Room is opened 9:30 to noon every Tuesday and Saturday, but as a special community outreach, we will be open on Armistice Day/Remembrance Day … Read more

General Meeting – 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 2

Guest Speaker: Grant Karcich on the original native trails in Southern Ontario Centennial Room (lower level) Newcastle Community Hall 20 King Ave. West, Newcastle.  Guest Speaker Grant Karcich is the author of 6 books and will speak on the original Native Trails in Southern Ontario. Oshawa author’s latest highlights Ontario trails(Oshawa Express, July 2017) No charge for … Read more

Update on proposed Heritage Park on Wilmot Creek

Re: Plan to establish a Heritage Park lying between Belmont House and the east bank of Wilmot Creek, Newcastle, ON Last night, the Planning and Development Committee of Municipal Council voted to approve an amendment No.117 to the Official Plan to give effect to this large residential development west of Ruddell Road, north of Highway 2. … Read more

NVDHS Fall Events

Orono Fair September 6 to 9 NVDHS will have a booth in the arena at the Orono Fair again this year. We will be featuring ‘Great Lakes Shipping’ with the emphasis on Captain Gibson and the ship, Ariadne, out of the Port of Newcastle. Many photos and Captain Gibson’s diary will be among the items on display. Don’t miss … Read more

Newcastle’s heritage champion, Myno Van Dyke, recognized for lifetime achievement

Eminent Clarington historian Myno Van Dyke has been honoured with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement. “I’m thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” said Van Dyke. The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards celebrates those who make “exceptional contributions to cultural and natural heritage conservation, environmental sustainability and biodiversity.” The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes outstanding individuals … Read more
Beach headstone

General Meeting April 10

Join us at the next General Meeting on April 10th at 7 pm in the Centennial Room, Newcastle Community Hall. Free Admittance and refreshments! Peter Klose will relate his research on the Beachs, whose tombstones rest along Hwy 115. Peter is a past member of the Abandoned Cemetery Board. This will be a very interesting … Read more
Newcastle Celebrates 150 Years

Historical Books for Sale

The NVDHS has a variety of local history books available for sale, from the Newcastle Celebrates 150 years, a photo book celebrating Newcastle’s Sesquicentennial in 2006, to The 1793-1813 Settlers of Durham County, which contains detailed information of the earliest settlers, origins, birth, marriage and death information. We also have a number of books on local buildings … Read more
Christmas Bells

Celebrate Christmas with the Historical Society

Merry Christmas Come celebrate the holidays with Newcastle Village and District Historical Society Saturday, December 23, from 9:30 to 12:00 at the History Room in the Community Hall, Four Corners, Newcastle Mulled cider Christmas cookies Movies Carols Good friends! See You There!

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