Perth has long been recognized as a gem in the heritage landscape of Ontario. Few communities have been able to protect their generational identity as has Perth, where landscape and architecture have evolved to create a small treasure of a town. Invented in 1816 as a military depot, Perth carved a central role in eastern Ontario well before the rise of Ottawa. Its expectations are reflected in imposing houses, grand public buildings and solid main street architecture. This account of the colourful origins of Perth, with its multifaceted cultural traditions and development as a county town, is must reading for everyone with heritage interests.

"In my travels throughout this country and beyond, I carry with me a small portion of the uniqueness of spirit that is part of Perth. Perth is a small town proudly built upon a strong sense of tradition and history. I am proud to call it home."

- Ian Millar

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