Plaques will celebrate South Glengarry history

Nick Laurin
Plaques will celebrate South Glengarry history
The Glen Walter sign on County Rd. 2 (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, ON – On Feb. 7, 2022, the Township of South Glengarry discussed a recommendation from the United Counties of SDG, regarding the SDG Historic Plaque project.

The Historic Plaque project was recommended to the Township of South Glengarry on Dec. 6, 2021.

This project will see the creation of three plaques in each lower tier municipality of SDG. These plaques will feature the reproduction of historic photos and content, and will be easily accessible by the general public.

The Township’s Heritage Advisory Committee met on Jan. 14, and Jan. 21 to identify the locations and themes for the three South Glengarry plaques.

The following are the results of the discussions held at those meetings:

Glen Walter

  • Waler/St. Lawrence River theme
  • History of the St. Lawrence
  • Fishing
  • Waterfront Trail
  • Located on Township-owned green space/parkland on County Rd 2 (across from Glen Walter Park Rd.)

Green Valley

  • Overall history of Green Valley
  • Rail/Train history
  • French Language education
  • Located at the Green Valley Community Centre

Peanut Line

  • History of Peanut line
  • Focusing on transition from rail line to recreational trail
  • Located near Williamstown Fairgrounds or other visible/high traffic area along Peanut Line

“As you can see, the committee put a lot of thoughtful work into coming up with these recommendations, we had a solid two hours of discussion over two separate meetings in terms of these proposals. I think that the idea of looking to those areas of our township where we don’t have many plaques, or where the history hasn’t perhaps been highlighted as much as it could be up to this point, I thought was excellent work by them,” said Deputy Mayor Stephanie Jaworski.

All councilors were in favour of the motion recommended by the Heritage Advisory Committee.

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