HERITAGE ARTICLES

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200TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

Thanks to Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) for funding local events in celebration of the 200th Anniversary.

A special thanks to other donors.  Please click on the link below for information on the 200th Anniversary Donors information and more.

 

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BECKWITH THEN AND NOW BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The Council of the Township of Beckwith are proud to announce,
"Beckwith Then and Now" Celebrating 200 Years

Books are available for purchase at the Beckwith Township Office:  1702 9th Line Beckwith
$45.10 per book (HST included)

The perfect book to share heart felt memories and original recipes from one generation to the next.

Reviews

"Beckwith Then and Now is a must read to appreciate our rural Canadian heritage.  Written in the classic storyteller method and using an unique modern almanac style, this book captures life in a typical rural setting for the past 200 years.  With its exquisite photos, home-spun wisdom, short stories about life, and wonderful artifacts and recipes, Beckwith Then and Now leaves the reader wanting more.

Unlike our typical Canadian History book which focuses on celebrities in our large urban settings, this book celebrates unique people, events and locations found in the proudly rural Beckwith Township.  Beckwith Township has scored a touchdown with this book."

Review by Robert More

"Beckwith Then and Now, Celebrating 200 Years is a glossy, full-colour sampler of the commerce, community and citizens of Beckwith Township.  Carefully selected vintage and modern photographs, salted with facts, family stories and time tested recipes through the seasons make this a book you will look at often.  Intriguing taste delights are promised with recipes from CPR Plum Pudding, Old Country Bannock, Maggie's Mystery Cake and an Elephant Stew that will serve 3800 people.  Stories of the Derry, the Church of the Cross Keys, St. Fillan's  Crozier, an historic grandfather clock as well as facts about rural schools, cheese factories, stone quarrying and harvesting ice blend in this handsome keepsake book - preserving the history for the next generations as time pushed onward."

Review by Claudia Smith - well know Lanark County Historian, author of recently published Barns A Reflection of Changing Times 

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200TH ANNIVERSARY TIME CAPSULE
  
LET'S PUT THE LID ON IT!
  
What items would you like to see included in the 200th Anniversary Time Capsule?
  
To be sealed and re-opened every 25 years!
  
Submit your idea(s) for the Beckwith Community Time Capsule by contacting the Beckwith Township Heritage Committee at 613-257-1539 or cmcgregor@twp.beckwith.on.ca
  
BY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2016
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HERITAGE DRIVING TOURS

Developed by: BECKWITH HERITAGE COMMITTEE

Discover Beckwith's Heritage by visiting and reading about the various historical sites outlined in the self-guided brochures.

School Houses of Beckwith Township

Historic Churches of Beckwith Township
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HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
  
Click here for the Contest Poster.  Click here for the Contest Rules and for the Release Form. 
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CARLETON PLACE AND BECKWITH HERITAGE MUSEUM

BECKWITH HISTORICAL MAP

For the Beckwith Historical Map Link Click Here

How to Navigate Through the Historical Interactive Map

Ø      If you already have the Flash Program Select enter on the Beckwith Historical Map
    Welcome Page.  If you require the Flash Program please click on Flash Download
    Centre.

Ø     
Once the Site has loaded Select Enter

Ø      Select a category under the “View By” legend.

Ø      Choose a specific location located on the right hand side.

Ø      The map will then zoom into the selected location.(For first viewing please give a
     moment for the map to load.)

Ø      Click the lower part of the icon for information regarding the specific location.

Ø      Select File – Close to return to the Historical Interactive Map.  

* If you have information or pictures in relation to any of the locations which you would like to contribute to our interactive map, please contact the Township Office at 613-257-1539. 

BECKWITH TOWNSHIP

The Township of Beckwith was surveyed in 1816 and settlement started around 1817 with about 27 land grants being acted on.

The Township was named after Sir Thomas Sydney Beckwith (born in 1772 and died in 1831). Sir Sydney Beckwith was the Quarter Master for Canada between 1815 and 1823. He also made arrangements and personally superintended the arrival of the Scottish immigrants in 1816.

When Beckwith was first established the only village was Morphy's Falls which is now known as the Town of Carleton Place. Carleton Place was later established as a separate municipality.

The Township of Beckwith had its extensive history published in 1991 by Glen J. Lockwood.  Beckwith: Irish and Scottish Identities in a Canadian Community, is on display in the Township office reception area, and copies are available for sale at the price of $45.53 (G.S.T. included).


THE HAMLET OF BLACKS CORNERS

The hamlet of Blacks Corners was first settled in the 1830's by Mr. John Black who opened and operated a blacksmith shop. Mr. Alexander Stewart opened a shop during this time period and was so successful that he was able to build a large stone house and other outbuildings.

Mr. J. Black remained in the area until after the Township purchased land from Mr. John Roberts to build a municipal hall on and then he may have sold his business to a Mr. McKay who ran a blacksmith shop in 1852.

In the 1840's the Knox Free Church was built in Blacks Corners, which helped meet the social needs of the area residents through church meetings, concerts and the like.

In 1857 the first municipal hall was built on lot 14 in the 8th Concession. Blacks Corners was thought to be the centre of the Township's population and therefore the best place to build the meeting hall.

No one established a post office, hotel or trade in the area as those services were readily available in the nearby Village of Carleton Place.


ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP OF BECKWITH

The Township of Beckwith boasts 243.09 square kilometres of land mass.  By December 2006, the population in Beckwith Township had grown to 6,387 full-time residents. Our residents do enjoy easy commutes to centres such as Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Perth and Carleton Place.

The Township includes the Mississippi Lake and River, the Jock River, fertile farmland, wide open spaces, forests, well-planned subdivisions, protected wetlands and historical hamlets. The Township was once considered as a possible site for the Nation's capital. This historical significance rests on the importance of Franktown as the mid-way point between Ottawa and the military establishment in Perth during the initial settlement of Lanark County. Villages and hamlets within the Township include Ashton, Blacks Corners, Franktown, Gillies Corners, Prospect, and Scotch Corners.

From 1991 to 1996, the population in Beckwith Township has increased by 20.4% in an orderly and efficient manner according to our Official Plan. This ensures that residents continue to enjoy the rural atmosphere of our beautiful community. Many of our residents have their cottages and summer homes along the Mississippi Lake which provides easy access for summer recreation such as boating, camping, hiking, and great bicycle tours.

Commercial and industrial ventures are as diverse and productive as the natural landscape. Lanark County is the maple syrup capital of Ontario and Beckwith partakes in the season's harvest. We boast approximately 100 commercial businesses within the Township, and have a progressive by-law which encourages home based small business to settle within the Township.

Beckwith Township enjoys the services and amenities of the Town of Carleton Place for the northern part of our community and Smiths Falls for those in the south. We are also only 20 minutes away from Ottawa travelling east, or Perth if you are travelling west.

Whether you are looking for residential or commercial opportunities, historical Beckwith Township can meet and exceed your dreams. We would love to welcome you as our new neighbour. Every season offers diverse beauty and abundant activities.


DEMOGRAPHICS

The current population of the Township is approximately 6,986 persons.  Populations for other years was as follows:

Year

Population

1817

54

1818

164

1819

229

1981

2,864

1986

3,521

1989

3,648

1991

4,564

1996

5,495

2001

6,046

2006

6,387

2011

6,986


 SEASONAL POPULATION

These figures do not include seasonal residents.  The Regional Assessment Office has confirmed that, in 2013, approximately 1,252 of the voters on the Voter's List were non-residents -  many of whom own cottages on Mississippi Lake.  Therefore, since the Voter's List does not include individuals under the age of 18, it is reasonable to assume that the actual summer population for the Township is in excess of 8,200.

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