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Books specific to Stratford

There are many books about Stratford. Here are some of them:

Stratford Around and About is a book I came across with lots of local information. It's by Ellen Stafford, and was published in 1972 by Fanfare Books, Stratford.

Floodtides of Fortune by Adelaide Leitch, 1980, seems to be a rather easy to find book in Ontario, and available in many public libraries.

Scenic Stratford is by Eric and Madeline Ferguson.

A book with tons of great photos is A Stratford Album by Mary Jane Lennon, published in 1985 by the Boston Mills Press, Erin Mills, Ontario. It contains pictures of people and places, and lots of photos of historic buildings which are no longer standing.

Pioneers and Prominent People

W. S. and Hugh Johnston's book says that the first settler in Stratford was William Sergeant, who arrived in 1832 with his family from Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.

Prominent Person: It was Tom Patterson who set up the Stratford Festival, which began its yearly performances in 1952. One of the theaters in which the Festival is held is named after him. Many well-known Canadian actors got started in their acting careers at the Stratford Festival.

See also the new Perth County Pioneers page for visitors' submissions of their pioneer info.

Stratford Links

Stratford Public Library

19 St Andrew St
Stratford, ON
N5A 1A2
(519) 271-0220
Home Page of Stratford Public Library

Stratford-Perth Museum

4275 Huron Road,
Stratford, ON N5A 6S6
 (519) 393-5311
e-mail [email protected]
Home Page of the Stratford-Perth Museum

History of Stratford and the City of Stratford Home page

Stratford Festival Home Page
City of Stratford web site
There is also an Online Visitor's Guide to Stratford
The Bard - Pictures of Stratford
Timeline of Stratford Area History
Links to local info at Virtual Stratford
More links from, a local ISP

A local school has put online this Timeline of Stratford History as well as a page on Arts and Culture in Stratford, including history of the theaters and the museum

History of Stratford


Meg Fuller Perth County Coordinator

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The Townships of Perth County

Blanshard Township and town of St Marys
Downie Township
North Easthope
South Easthope
Ellice Township
Elma township
Fullarton Township
Hibbert Township
Logan Township
Mornington Township
City of Stratford
Wallace Township and town of Listowel

Outside Links (Not part of this site)

$ Perth County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Stratford-Perth Archives
The Stratford Beacon-Herald the main newspaper for the area

The Listowel Banner is the main newspaper in the north part of the county

County of Perth
Museums of Perth County
Perth County Historical Foundation
Stratford Public Library
Town of North Perth
Township of Perth East
Township of West Perth
Hmm... North, East, West, where is a website for South Perth?

Historic Plaques of Perth County on Wayne Cook's Historic Plaque site

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