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Jolting Along the Gravel Road

Jun 14, 2024 | Dyanne Rivers | Back Story

Back when it took four hours to travel 30km from Erin to Guelph by stagecoach, a bumpy ride was a guarantee.

William Algie

Mar 16, 2024 | Nancy Early

This manufacturer, master storyteller and community builder left an indelible mark on the village of Alton.

Norman Jewison’s Local Connection

Mar 16, 2024 | Dyanne Rivers | Back Story

A Caledon farm was a touchstone for a Hollywood legend.

In Retrospect – Winter 2023

Nov 27, 2023 | In The Hills | Back Issues | Winter 2023

In the final instalment from our archives, we’ve selected a number of stories that embody the kindness and the neighbourly compassion that has helped our small towns grow and flourish.

A “Snow Blockade” Wreaks Havoc

Nov 27, 2023 | Dyanne Rivers | Back Story

Almost 18 feet of snow fell in February 1904, bringing train travel to a halt and stranding hundreds of passengers north of Shelburne in the cold.

Dufferin’s Cultural Impresarios

Sep 11, 2023 | Signe Ball

From the archives: Our first issue in 1994 profiled the driving forces behind two exceptional new cultural institutions: Wayne Townsend, curator of Dufferin County Museum and Archives (as it was then known) and Jim Betts, artistic director of Theatre Orangeville.

When Caledon Was Made: Tales of Conflict and Triumph From the Early Days

Sep 8, 2023 | Bert Moore

A rural route by any other name? Where to put the blue bins? A memoir from Caledon’s first public works architect.

The War Heroes of Headwaters We Must Not Forget

Sep 8, 2023 | Tony Reynolds

A new exhibition at the Museum of Dufferin honours the history of service by veterans from Orangeville, Mono, Mulmur and more.

Mary Brett, Farmerette

Sep 8, 2023 | Dyanne Rivers | Back Story

As World War II raged in 1943, dozens of Shelburne High School students traded in their text books for farmer’s tools to support the war efforts, becoming ‘farmerettes’.

Swimming at Woodside Lodge

Jun 16, 2023 | Dyanne Rivers | Back Story

A snapshot from August 1938 captures the joy of cooling down in the Nottawasaga River on a hot summer’s day.

Paving Broadway, 1921

Mar 20, 2023 | Dyanne Rivers | Back Story

In our first installment of Back Story, we zoom in on the paving of Orangeville’s main street, Broadway, more than 100 years ago.

The Rise and Fall of the Rural Post Office

Sep 20, 2022 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

Before rural mail delivery was established in the early 1900s, nearly every village and hamlet in these hills had a post office.