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Heritage celebrates the history of Northumberland.

European settlers joined the First Nations in the 1790s. They cleared the land and farmed it, built churches and schools, and created prosperous and self-sufficient communities.

They sculpted a man-made countryside on the gifts of the glaciers – lakes, drumlins and the Oak Ridges Moraine – as an enduring and welcoming heritage for all of us who come in their footsteps.

Events such as the Alderville Powwow, Heritage Week in February, and the Rural Ramble are some of the events that keep us in touch with our past. Our four agricultural fall fairs – in Campbellford, Port Hope, Warkworth and Roseneath – are not just composed of games and midway rides, they continue to reflect and link us to our agricultural way of life from the past.

In every municipality heritage organizations, historical societies and museums seek to preserve what is best from the past for the future. All welcome volunteers who share their passion and commitment.

Participate in online discussions of Northumberland Arts and Arts issues, and learn more about artists, performances, reviews, and general arts news at the Northumberland Arts blog.

Alderville First Nation

Alderville First Nation was founded during the mid-1830s as a relocation to the Mississauga Ojibway groups that inhabited the Bay of Quinte-St Lawrence River corridor in what is today eastern Ontario. Their history is rich as military allies of the British in the development and defense of Upper Canada and even before that in their conquest over “the Mohawks” some 300 years ago. Today the community is able to maintain its traditions in the area while equally participating in the mainstream economy and the broader labour market where a large number of people are busines owners, tradespersons and professionals.