Legacy Family Project Ceremony Takes Place In Rideau Lakes

July 14, 2017 by

As a part of commemorating Canada 150, the Township of Rideau Lakes recently honoured the Township’s legacy families. These families have owned and occupied the same lands within the Township for 150 years or more. The Legacy Family Project resulted in fifty families being identified.

Rideau Lakes Mayor Ron Holman said he was amazed to find out that fifty families remain on the land settled by their ancestors, some over 200 years ago. He went on to say that these families represent an important part of the fabric of our community, and the Township was very pleased to be able to recognize and honour them.

This past Monday, the legacy families celebrated together at a BBQ at Lower Beverley Lake Park in Delta. At the event, each family was provided with a recognition sign by the Mayor and Council. Residents and visitors will see many of these signs posted at homes and farm gates across the community.

A composite listing of the legacy families will be placed in the Township’s community halls.

It took a significant number of volunteer hours to complete the necessary land registry and research to identify the families.

Neil Patterson, a local historian and Municipal Heritage Committee member, was invaluable to the project.