County of Brant Public Library Digital Collections
Virtual Exhibits
A Burford Christmas
Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas the Burford way with these classic articles from Mel Robertson.
About This Project
The County of Brant Public Library Digital Collections includes materials covering Paris, Mount Pleasant, Burford, Scotland, Oakland, South Dumfries (including St. George and Glen Morris) and Onondaga. Click here to find out about this amazing community project.
Development of the Water-Power Industry in Paris
This essay discusses the importance of water-power in the development of Paris and provides the history of a few pioneers.
Digitization Without Fears
This essay explains how our digitization process is organized in the lab at the County of Brant Public Library.
Early Settlers of Bethel in Brant County
Brant County is an area rich in history − a storyteller’s dream, ripe with tales of hardy pioneers who first tilled the land, the unique and enduring built heritage they created, and events both monumental and personal that live on today in story, song and spoken memories. To celebrate and preserve these valuable links to the past, in 2010 the County of Brant Heritage Committee sponsored an essay contest, named in honour of dedicated heritage advocate and long-time Committee member, Alvin Marr. This essay, written by Ellen McAllister, was selected as the winner.
Farm Implements of Burford Township
Hiram Capron's Businesses
This essay describes the many different businesses in which Hiram Capron took part over the course of his life.
Hiram Capron's Life
This essay explores the life of Hiram Capron and the contributions he made to the development of Paris, Ontario.
Historical Buildings of the County of Brant
Historical Sketch of South Dumfries Township
This is a short history of the South Dumfries Township adapted from: "Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Brant, Ont." by Page & Smith, Toronto. 1875. Reprinted 1972.
History of the South Dumfries Fire Department
This is a brief history of the South Dumfries Fire Department by Gilbert F. Mannen. Facts and materials are provided by the former South Dumfries Fire Chief Fred Wheat and Mr. Robert Russell. Many thanks to John Wheat, Douglas Mannen, Ken Allen, Jim Papple, Joyce Wehrstein, Jack Tolhurst, the South Dumfries Historical Society, the County of Brant Public Library. Special thanks to Brantford Fire Chief Ross Bennet, former Paris Fire Chief Douglas Foulds, retired Brantford fireman Norman Balcombe, former South Dumfries Fire Chief Earl Monkhouse, and Jack Kay.
History of the St. George Agricultural Works
History of the St. George Wagon Works
This essay describes the history of the wagon works in St. George, Ontario, founded by Robert Snowball.
Introduction to the Chronicles of Oakland Township
This essay was originally written by Joanne Vamos as the introduction to the Chronicles of Oakland Township, an oral history collection, in 1980.
Mel Robertson's Burford History
These articles by Mel Robertson, Burford's historian, illustrate many aspects of Burford life in years gone by.
Mount Pleasant - Then and Now
This essay illustrates the many changes to the village of Mount Pleasant by showing historic photos alongside modern photos of the same locations.
Paris Railroad History
Salt Springs Church on the Grand River
The First 100 Years of Holy Trinity Church in Burford
The Founding of Mount Pleasant
This essay describes the founding of the village of Mount Pleasant by the Ellis and Sturgis families.
The Yates Family and an Early History of Hatchley
Beginning with Jarvis and his family moving to Burford Township in 1845, the story of the Yates family provides insight into what life was like in Burford Township during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The village of Hatchley also serves as a prime example of the profound impact railroads had on the prosperity of areas in rural Ontario.
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