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At Old Hay Bay Church

Visitors on the first bus tour In Search of Sir John A. Macdonald were spellbound by a fascinating dissertation on the history of Old Hay Bay Church, which was told by past-president Orland French who also wrote this blurb. This was French's view from the pulpit. The bus tour on Saturday, May 23, visited Picton, Hay Bay, Napanee and Kingston where Macdonald once had a presence. At Hay Bay, Macdonald was a young boy when his father Hugh operated a store next to the church. A cairn marks the location which is now a boat launching ramp.  A second tour in pursuit of Canada's first prime minister on June 6 has been sold out. Old Hay Bay Church is Canada's oldest extant Methodist Church, built in 1792 and well worth a visit at any time during the summer. It is open 9-5 every day and wonderful tales of its history are told by resident custodians.

OHBC bus tour group



Tyendinaga Trio

Tyendinaga presentation at historical societyThese three prominent Tyendinagians celebrated a successful presentation to the Hastings County Historical Society on May 19. Reeve Rick Phillips, left, and local historian Jim Kennelly, right, embrace former reeve Margaret Walsh. Kennelly's presentation attracted an audience that filled the auditorium at Maranatha. About 165 people, a majority from Tyendinaga Township, jammed the room to explore the history of their rural municipality.

Photo by Orland French


Historical Society Presentations

Next: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Former  teacher Donna Fano will speak on the History of Sir James Whitney School on the occasion of its 145th anniversary in 2015. Originally known as the Ontario Institution for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, it was the first school of this kind in Ontario. Join us at 7.30 PM at Maranatha, 100 College Street West, Belleville.  (Please use rear parking lot and back entrance and go to meeting room). Bring a friend

List of 2015 Presentations HERE

Please note: all presentations by the Hastings County Historical Society are held at Maranatha on College Street, on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Coffee and refreshments are available; a book shop of new and used history books is also open to visitors and members. All presentations are open to the public. There is no entry charge but there is an opportunity for making donations.


PayPal Is Here!

Now you can:

•buy a book

•renew your membership

•make a contribution to the Society

through PayPal! Details on appropriate pages.

Annual Bus Tour – In Search of Sir John A.

Sorry! BOTH TOURS SOLD OUT! Try again next year.

Billa Flint – King of Hastings County

A new book on the man with much influence on the growth of early Hastings County is coming out on June 14 in a book launch at the Tweed Heritage Centre, 1-3 p.m. Armand P. La Barge has prepared a new publication on Billa Flint, industrialist, merchant, lumber baron and member of the first Canadian Senate. More details HERE. Order it through this website by using PayPal.


The Best of Boyce

Gerald E. Boyce, better known as Gerry, has been writing books, pamphlets and various columns for over half a century. Selections of his works have been published in The Best of Boyce by Paul Kirby of Kirby Books, Bancroft. The photo below shows Gerry, on right, with Paul Kirby at the book launch in the lobby of the Belleville Public Library on December 6, 2014. The book is available for $19.95 through the HCHS on-line bookstore on this site (click HERE) or through www.kirbybooks.ca

boyce ook launch










Susanna Moodie Returns to Belleville Harbour

Pictures and story HERE

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