This site was launched on March 12, 2019. It is nowhere near complete, and may never be, as long as people continue to post or erect historical plaques in Hastings County. As an author and publisher, I am becoming more and more aware that websites are another form of publishing. I try to visualize myself as a tourist visiting some new location in Hastings County, drawn there by a plaque or series of plaques on this website. What else would I want to see? What else would I want to learn?
Each resource page consists of a minimum of four pieces of information: a picture of the plaque, a photo to give you some guidance to finding the plaque (sometimes they are hard to locate even if you have GPS co-ordinates), the text of the plaque, and GPS co-ordinates and street address. That's the minimum you should find. In addition, you may find historical photos related to the subject, or links to other sites with more information.
Some visitors to this site may never leave their armchairs to tour the plaques of Hastings County. Others may plan "plaque tours" during a rainy spell at the campground or cottage. (Hint to get your kids to go along: some of these plaque sites are near ice cream outlets.)
Oh, did I mention how much I am learning about Hastings County while I build this site? Lots. Even where to buy ice cream cones. That's part of my summer research.
Welcome to the Hastings County Historical Society's guide to the historical plaques in Hastings County. This web site is under ongoing construction so don't be concerned if you can't find your favourite plaque. It's on the way!
This site is designed and dedicated to curious people who love to stop the car and read a roadside plaque. Eventually this site will list and illustrate all of the historical plaques in Hastings County, including those in Belleville and Quinte West. While this may make plaque-reading an armchair pleasure, we hope it will encourage you to travel around and visit the actual sites where plaques are dedicated to people, places or events. There's nothing like seeing a location to fully understand its historical importance. We hope reading plaques on this site will encourage historians to get out of the house and go exploring. GPS locations and street addresses have been provided.
As of this writing, we don't even know how many plaques are in Hastings County. We do know that in 2017 and 2018 the Historical Society erected 12 brass plaques. It plans to continue the program indefinitely. Additional plaques include those erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, National Historic Sites Canada, various municipalities and organizations and individuals.
Happy touring, both through this website and Hastings County. Come back often. This is a work in progress. If you know of a plaque we haven't mentioned, let us know.