The South Dumfries Historical Society was founded in February 2003 to continue the operation of the community’s museum. The museum had been developed by the St. George/South Dumfries Trade and Tourism Association in the 1990’s, but with the dissolution of this body, the museum was in jeopardy. An enthusiastic group of citizens banded together to form the SDHS and to preserve the history of their community.
Mrs. J. Wehrstein was the Original Curator of the St. George Old School Museum and it was she who notated that ‘the two vital factors of the area which caused settlers to locate here, (before William Dickson purchased North and South Dumfries for the approximate cost of one dollar an acre), were the flowing wells and the excellent farming land.
St. George was originally called Bauslaugh Mills in honour of John Bauslaugh, an early settler who had a sawmill east of the Station Road (Branchton Road toward Highway 99).
Other businesses on Main Street prior to the twentieth century included: an undertaking business, a hotel, a library, a barbershop, a post office, several grocery stores and a harness shop
The South Dumfries Historical Society was created to:
* Arouse and stimulate interest in the story of the people and places of the former South Dumfries Township, including the villages of St. George, Glen Morris and Harrisburg.
* Collect, classify, edit and preserve information and objects related to the former Township.
* Disseminate material collected: by publishing, by holding meetings and discussions for the presentation of papers, and by marking historical sites of interest and significance.
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