Cumberland Historical Society

The Cumberland Township Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer and community-based organization whose goal is to preserve Cumberland Township history. This goal is especially important in light of the fact that as of January 1st, 2001, the City of Cumberland ceased to exist. At that time the Municipality of Cumberland merged with 10 other local municipalities to become the new City of Ottawa. The rural Cumberland area is now referred to Cumberland Ward 19. The urban Cumberland and Gloucester areas are now referred to as Orleans ward. 

To help keep our local history alive and of value to our members, the executive hosts bi-monthly meetings throughout the year where members and guest speakers engage in often lively discussion on a variety of topics of local historical significance. Since 1988 we’ve published the Society’s newsletter – The Caboose – six times each year, copies of which you can view from our web site. Our member historians offer genealogy workshops and will conduct specific research for a fee. They also offer guided tours of some of the villages that comprised the Township. Members participate in various local events hosted by the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum,Navan FairDoors Open Ottawa, and others. And at the heart of our Society is our local history room containing family and parish records, microfilm and microfiche collections, maps, periodicals and other historical documents.