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Short road trip: The Haunts of Peter McArthur. June 16

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Farmer, writer, radical, sage: Re-introducing Peter McArthur

Peter McArthur’s Haunts – his farm,  his grave, and the Archives. 

June 16, 2024.1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Three locations.

A tour with three stops: 

1:30 p.m. Peter McArthur’s Farm, northwest corner of McArthur Road and Parkhouse Road, Southwest Middlesex.  42.773680, -81.662462

2:30 p.m.  Eddie Cemetery, 4490 Glendon Dr, Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0.   Mr. McArthur’s grave.  

3:30 p.m. The Archives, 178 McKellar St, Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0


Father’s Day afternoon.  Bring Dad and Grandpa out for a trip down our local literary path.  Get to know Peter McArthur.  Who was this local writer that was famous across Canada.? He was a pal of the Prime Minister, had an amazing career in New York City and London England, and  gave it up to came back to write in his cabin on the farm.  That’s when he found his audience.  

Download his timeless books on your e-reader here: faded page downloads.

Detailed itinerary:

1:30 p.m. Peter McArthur’s FarmPlease be carefully parking along the road.  Hosted by John Sinclair, current owner of the McArthur property, we’ll check out the new interpretive sign; listen to tales by Donny Sinclair, and learn about this famous writer’s life.


2:30 p.m.  Eddie CemeteryWe’ll jump in our cars and go a couple miles north to Mr. McArthur’s grave, where the historical society has installed another commemorative panel.  We’ll share some readings and pay tribute to a great Canadian.  


3:30 p.m. The Archives.  Then we’ll go back to The Archives in Glencoe, drink coffee, learn about his family, and check out his books and memorabilia.  Stephanie McDonald and Harold Carruthers will share more stories.  We are hoping some of Mr. and Mrs. McArthur’s descendants will attend.  


For more information, email contactus@glencoehistoricalsociety.ca or phone (519) 287-3897


Fundraiser: We are fundraising to pay for the interpretive panels dedicated to the life work of Peter McArthur.  Target is $750.  Mark cheque “Peter McArthur” and mail it to G&DHS, 178 McKellar St, Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0 or bring it along June 16, 2024



“Although I have lived in far countries and great cities, no place ever was my home except this farm.”

“Something of this farm struck a tendril into my heart which neither time nor distance could break. It is the only spot on earth that ever gave me the feeling of home. … At all times it was my place of refuge, and, when I finally returned to it, it was with a feeling that my wanderings had ended, and that I could settle down and enjoy life where I belonged.”


Before the day of radio, TV, and the Internet, there were newspapers and pianos. Here is a song with lyrics by Peter and an illustration by the famous CW Jeffery.
To be Taken With Salt – by Peter McArthur.

Donny Sinclair – history keeper of the Peter McArthur legacy
Peter McArthur and his cow


June 16
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Glencoe & District Historical Society
(519) 287-3897
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The Archives
178 McKellar Street
Glencoe (Southwest Middlesex), Ontario N0L 1M0 Canada
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519 287 3897
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