A little bit of Perth's chronological history. If there is something in error, or something you think we should include, please e-mail us with the date and description. Thank you.
- 1816 April 18th, Perth established as a military settlement. Land for the settlement was obtained from the Algonkians.
- 1816 Captain Joshua Adams builds the first house & tavern on Craig St.
- 1816 Fall: 20 houses in Perth, 250 houses in the area, population 1,505.
- 1817 settlers face starvation.
- 1817 settlement's first minister arrives in Perth.
- 1817 1,890 residents in the Perth area.
- 1819 first Presbyterian church is built.
- 1820 first Roman Catholic church.
- 1821 Methodist church starts up in Perth.
- 1823 Perth has seven general stores.
- 1823 Summit House built from brick.
- 1823 Inge-Va House erected.
- 1824 Perth gets its first lawyer, James Boulton.
- 1828 The first newspaper in Eastern Ontario founded in Perth; the Bathurst Independent Examiner.
- 1830 Perth has a population of 350.
- 1830 McMartin House built.
- 1833 the steamship Enterprise is launched in Perth.
- 1833 June 13th, last fatal dual in Canada fought in Perth.
- 1834 Tay Canal opens.
- 1836 Perth had 8 taverns, seven stores selling liquor, trhree distilleries and a brewery.
- 1836 population 1,000.
- 1841 Haggart Mill built after a fire.
- 1842 first Baptist meeting house.
- 1845 Perth's fair begins.
- 1850 population 1,581
- 1851 Perth becomes a separate municipality.
- 1851 Perth Public School erected.
- 1854 Perth was incorporated as a town on January 1st., population 3,500
- 1858 the Mallock House was erected, what is now part of Perth's Great War Memorial Hospital.
- 1859 The B&O (Brockville & Ottawa) railway reaches Perth.
- 1861 first Anglican church opened.
- 1863 Perth Town Hall is built.
- 1874 Perth's community has expanded along the streets of Gore, Drummond and Beckwith.
- 1875 Perth High School opened.
- 1880 Economic boom in Perth.
- 1882-92 Second Tay Canal built.
- 1887 electricity lights the town of Perth.
- 1887 nineteen phones and a switchboard in Perth.
- 1887 one-fortieth of all the money in Canadian banks was in Perth.
- 1891 Perth's population 3,136.
- 1892 World's biggest cheese, the Mammoth Cheese, was produced.
- 1906 Kininvie House built for T.A. Cole.
- 1908 first car in Perth.
- 1911 Perth's population 3,588
- 1914 first Perth library erected.
- 1915 the old power house at Haggart Dam is demolished.
- 1923 Great War Memorial Hospital opened.
- 1925 Stewart Park was a gift to the town by the Stewart family.
- 1930 Post Office opens across fron the Town Hall.
- 1947 Stewart Park is developed as a public park.
- 1953 population 5,000
- 1961 82 retail stores in Perth.
- 1964 Haggart Mill destroyed by fire.
- 1965 town installs a sewage lagoon to stop contamination of the Tay River.
- 1968 Algonquin College opens.
- 1974 Inge-Va House donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
- 1980 first Perth library destroyed by fire.
- 1991 Perth's 175th anniversary.
- 1992 St. John's High School opens.
- 1994 The amalgamation of the Great War Memorial Hospital and the Smiths Falls Community Hospital to become The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.
- 2003 Perth's population 6,003
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