From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every Friday and Saturday until October 7, 2017 

 except Canada July 1.

Also Closed on Remembrance Day November 11, and Christmas weekend December 23 



Archives Lanark has benefitted in a big way from a Canada 150 decision to support heritage causes.   The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, which has a Perth division, is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary by supporting heritage causes in the Ontario communities that the home, farm and auto insurance company serves.  Archives Lanark is one of six Ontario organizations to receive a $25,000 donation.

"As a community-based business celebrating our own legacy of 122 years, we recognized Canada 150 as a perfect moment to step up and specifically help these organizations in their important work to remember, recount and re-enact our shared history for future generations." said Tim Shauf, president and chief executive officer of The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group.            Press Release, Lanark Era, July 12, 2017 



         North Elmsley Township           

Doorway to the Past

presently out of stock - reprint coming soon

Written to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of Drummond & North Elmsley Township in 2016, this 312 page heritage book includes nearly 300 pictures, and describes the historical, genealogical and municipal beginnings of Elmsley Township.

The authors: Shirley Jones-Wellman, Michael McEwen, Irene Spence, and Jim Winton.  A limited number of books have been printed at a cost of $30.00 each. Net proceeds  for Archives Lanark.

On Sale at Archives Lanark, Drummond Centre or

Reserve your copy by calling 613 267-2232 or 613 283-4936




Rural School Books - Drummond, Lanark, & North Elmsley  

Published by Archives Lanark the books cover the history of education as it played out in each of the townships within Lanark County from the early days of the 19th century through to 1967-68 when the rural schools closed.  With the closures, children were bussed from all corners of each township to a centrally located public school.

Handsomely bound, the hard-cover limited editions sell for $45.

Available at Archives Lanark or On-Line Orders (shipping extra) 


Coming Soon - Rural Schools of Montague




Lanark County’s Mammoth Cheese

and its Place in Cheese-making History

On April 25, 1893, the largest cheddar cheese ever manufactured anywhere in the world arrived via a Canadian Pacific Railway car from Perth, Ontario at the grounds of the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. As it travelled the 720 miles (1,150 kilometres) to Chicago, its massive 22,000 pounds (10,000 kilograms) weight snapped the railway car truss rods four times and as it was dragged into its exhibit space, the "Canadian Mite" crashed through the floor of the Dairy Pavilion.

It survived the mishaps, six months of unrefrigerated display in summer heat, a rail journey to Montreal and a voyage across the Atlantic to England where it was sold, sound and tasty, to be enjoyed by English consumers.

Cheese Stakes explores the story of the Mammoth Cheese in the context of its place in a long tradition of oversized cheeses, and examines the remarkable, never to be repeated, achievement it represented in the annals of the cheesemakers’ art.

Available at Archives Lanark for $25 or              

on-line from