Trafalgar Township Historical Society

“Recognizing, documenting, educating and celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of North Oakville,Trafalgar Township”

About Us

The Trafalgar Township Historical Society

Most of the community that we know as Oakville, Ontario was once Trafalgar Township. The political boundaries of Trafalgar Township ceased to exist with the amalgamation of the Township, the villages of Oakville and Bronte in 1962. However, the geographic boundaries remain, with Trafalgar Township extending to Lake Ontario on the both the east (Winston Churchill Blvd.) and the west (Burloak Drive) and then extending over the farmland northwards all the way to Steeles Avenue.

The Trafalgar Township Historical Society was established in January 2006, founded on the work of the Trafalgar 2000 Committee, a group of citizens who a year to plan activities in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Trafalgar Township. This was done in an effort to increase awareness and foster a desire to preserve the history of the Township.

While the history of the lakeside Oakville community is well commemorated through Oakville’s Museum Erchless Estate, the Thomas House and Bronte’s Sovereign House, the history of the older, agricultural communities of North Oakville is not so well acknowledged.

With urban development taking place on the formerly agricultural land north of Hwy. 5 (Dundas), we believe now is an important time to capture and celebrate the history of our community and share it with new arrivals so the past will not be forgotten.

As we move forward, the Trafalgar Township Historical Society intends to establish a museum and an archive to preserve the Township’s history

Who We Are
Members of the committee include: area residents, historians, genealogists, librarians, members of historical societies, museum staff, writers, long-time Trafalgar Township residents, representatives of local churches and history buffs.



Open Archives

We host our Open House at the heritage Palermo School House. Check the calendar below for the next scheduled day.

Meet our archivist, search our archives, research township family history or just come to reminisce. You’ll never know who will show up with a fascinating new piece of local history.

Admission FREE but voluntary donations are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Nov
15
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Nov 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Jan
17
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Jan 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Feb
21
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Mar
3
Tue
7:00 pm Guest Speaker (Mar) @ Palermo Schoolhouse
Guest Speaker (Mar) @ Palermo Schoolhouse
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Danielle Manning, Ontario Archives– A Century of Ontario Photograph
Mar
20
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Mar 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Apr
17
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Apr 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
May
5
Tue
7:00 pm Guest Speaker (May 2020) @ Palermo Schoolhouse
Guest Speaker (May 2020) @ Palermo Schoolhouse
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Strong– A History of Bronte
May
15
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
May 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Jun
19
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Jun 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.