“My first memories of the Tay Valley area come from the back-road travels I did with my father . . .” Through places such as Glen Tay, Stanleyville, Fallbrook, Maberly―the list goes on. To some, they are mere dots on the map. To those in Tay Valley, they are signs of home, including the dozens of writers, artists and photographers who worked under the editorship of Kay Rogers to compile At Home in Tay Valley, a history that’s been over 200 years in the telling.
In 1816, the British government founded the Perth Military Settlement, to help address a number of issues it faced following the War of 1812. How to protect Upper Canada against future attack from the United States. How to demobilize vast numbers of soldiers. How to relieve conditions at home as industrialization began changing the way people lived and worked. Many of these early settlers carved out farms and villages in what is now Tay Valley Township, west of Perth. They were followed by others in the ensuing years, many putting down deep roots in the rocky soil, creating strong communities in the process.
With more than 60 contributors, At Home in Tay Valley captures the voices, stories, images, circumstances, and events that have defined the lives of those who have called Tay Valley home―from members of the Algonquin First Nation who helped the early settlers survive and adapt to a new land, to the “back-to the-landers” of the 1970s who sought a more wholesome way of life.
The proceeds from the sale of At Home in Tay Valley will be directed to an annual history scholarship for a student graduating from the Perth and District Collegiate Institute or from St. John Catholic High School who has been accepted into an apprenticeship, college or university program and who has demonstrated a keen interest in history.
The books are for sale at the Tay Valley Township Office, Lanark County Office, the Perth Museum, the Book Nook, the Book Worm, the Village Green, & Balderson Cheese.
If you prefer, you can also purchase the book by adding it to your cart (below).
*Also available for purchase in several other digital formats. Search for At Home in Tay Valley: Celebrating Our 200th Anniversary through your preferred reading device.