SD&G Historical Society 1784 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown, Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, Ontario June 2024

The Event

In 1784, Loyalist refugees fleeing the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War were granted territory on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River, from Lancaster to Brockville, establishing the Royal Townships. Join us as we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the founding of New Johnstown & the Royal Townships.

1784 Heritage Village, SD&G Historical Society 1784 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown, Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, Ontario June 2024

Living History

Living History groups presented by the 8th Regiment of Foot - Light Company and the Civilians of Canada will “rebuild” the original encampment at New Johnstown. They and their families will live as the people lived in 1784 and host interactive-educational demonstrations. The group will also conduct Tactical Manoeuvres of that era. Of great interest will be the re-enactment of the Loyalist Landing and Drawing for the original 1784 land allotments.

Living History regiments from the 1784 era that will be attending:
  • 8th Regiment of Foot Light Company and the Civilians of Canada
  • 24th Regiment of Foot
  • 34th Regiment of Foot
  • King’s Royal Regiment of New York
  • Niagara Indian Department
  • Butler’s and Claus’ Rangers
  • Loyalist Corps
  • Herkimer’s Bateau Company
  • Royal Artillery
Topics for Living History presentations:
  • The loyalist appearance: clothing and grooming
  • Housing the settlers and their families: brush shelter and habitat construction
  • Sustenance in the post-war era: fishing, foraging, and hunting
  • Midwifery and nursing: demonstrations on women’s roles in sustaining life in the new world
  • Means and ways: merchants and the vendors of the military and the post-war settlements
  • Naval life and the frontier: the trades and duties of those operating on the water
  • Coffee culture: coffee culture in colonial North America
  • Sullivan’s Dark Legacy: an examination of the impact of the Sullivan Campaign
1784 Heritage Village, SD&G Historical Society 1784 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown, Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, Ontario June 2024

Heritage Village

More than 25 local history/heritage organizations will share the area’s rich heritage in a large tent erected parallel to Water Street, one of Cornwall’s main thoroughfares. English, French, and Mohawk groups will set up interactive displays, as well as present performances, and demonstrate crafts showcasing local history and heritage.

Learn more about our history and the people and places that influenced our life today.

Open Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 10 am-5 pm daily.

School tours Friday 10 am – 3 pm
Groups Participating:
  • Community and Area Museums

  • Historical Societies

  • United Empire Loyalist Branches

  • Tourism Groups

Presentations:
  • Early life in the Royal Townships
  • The History of our Area and Communities
  • And more

Demonstrations & Performances:

Heritage Crafts and Arts – weaving, quilting, spinning, hunting

Connect with the History of the Area

Traditional Music and Song, Dances, Storytelling

Concerts at the Bandshell

Friday and Saturday evenings will feature concerts showcasing a mixture of local performers, including but not necessarily limited to the Scottish, English, French, and Mohawk cultures.

Cornwall Community Museum, Cornwall, Ontario

Cornwall Community Museum

The Museum will unveil its new permanent exhibit on 1784 - the Founding of Cornwall and the Royal Townships. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Cornwall and SDG’s rich history via self-guided tours.

Landing of the Loyalists

All ages will learn from watching, visiting and participating in the re-enactments, demonstrations and performances throughout the weekend.

Drawing of the Lots

Early in the fall of 1783, in accordance with instructions from the British government, Sir Frederick Haldimand, Governor-General of Canada, sent surveyors to lay out lands for Loyalist settlement in the country along the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario above Montreal. Before winter the Bay of Quinte district had been surveyed and divided into lots and townships. Next spring the lands along the St. Lawrence were laid out. By the early summer the Loyalists were on their way to their new homes.

Schedule of Events

SD&G Historical Society 1784 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown, Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, Ontario June 2024, Heritage Village, Evening Concert, Living History Groups

Friday, June 7

9:30 am - Heritage Village Opens

9:30 am - Museum Opens

9:30 am - 2 pm - School Tours in Heritage Village

5 pm -Heritage Village Closes

7 pm - Evening Concert at Bandshell

Native North American Travel College

Friday, June 7
7 pm - 9 pm

North American Travelling College Dancers & Singers

Louis Racine Group – Francophone Entertainment

Hadrian’s Wall with the MacLeod Family

SD&G Historical Society 1784 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown, Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, Ontario June 2024, Heritage Village, Loyalist Arrival, Drawing of Lots, Living History Encampment, Heritage Demonstrations, Military Tatical Manoeuvres, Closing Ceremonies

Saturday, June 8

9:30 am - Heritage Village Opens

9:30 am - Living History Encampment Opens

9:30 am - Museum Opens

12:30 pm - Official Ceremonies

12:30 pm - Loyalist Landing

12:30 pm - Drawing of the Lots

3 pm - Military Tactical Manoeuvres

7 pm - Evening Concert at Bandshell

MacCulloh Dancers Glengarry Ontario

Saturday, June 8
7 pm - 9 pm

Bear Fox & the Mohawk Women Singers

MacCulloch Dancers

Louis Racine Group

SD&G Historical Society 1784 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown, Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, Ontario June 2024, Heritage Village, Loyalist Arrival, Drawing of Lots, Living History Encampment, Heritage Demonstrations, Military Tatical Manoeuvres, Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, June 9

9:30 am - Parade to Church Service

10 am - Heritage Village Opens

10 am - Living History Encampment Opens

1 pm - Military Tactical Manoeuvres

3 pm - Closing