Ancaster Old Town Hall

The Ancaster Township Historical Society was chartered in 1950 and is dedicated to promoting an interest in the history of Ancaster, Ontario. The Society meets October to April on the last Friday of each month. The meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Old Town Hall at 310 Wilson Street East. At these meetings we present a program of talks focusing on the history of Ancaster and Hamilton and the surrounding area. Visitors are always welcome! Our volunteers also are involved in supporting and assisting Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum (64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster), where the Society’s archives are located (temporary location: Memorial School). Visit the Museum’s website for more details.


Facts about the Ancaster Township

  • Chartered on November 17, 1950
  • A registered charity
  • Inaugural meeting was convened by Mr. William C. Whitfield in the Township Hall
  • First public meeting was held on January 19, 1951
  • Society has proudly written and sold three publications: Ancaster’s Heritage, Ancaster’s Heritage Vol. II and Ancaster- A Pictorial History
  • Society has developed three leaflets:; Waterfalls of Ancaster; Historic Plaques in Ancaster; 45 Historic Sites of Ancaster
  • Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on last Friday of each month October thru November and January thru April at Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson St. East.
  • The Ancaster Township Historical Society Student Award (formally the Fessenden Award) is offered by the Society each year in Ancaster High School; Bishop Tonnos Secondary School and Hamilton District Christian Reform High School. The best local history student receives $100 and the runner-up receives a copy of A Pictorial History of Ancaster book.
  • Continual development of historical signage and plaquing for significant Ancaster locations.
  • Our former archivist, Jim Green, held a yearly contest for residents of Ancaster to locate the biggest tree of specified species for many years.
  • Established the Archives at Fieldcote and continue to support both financially and with volunteers. The Archives are currently temporarily housed in the Memorial School building as Fieldcote is seeking an expansion


2024/2025 Executive

President Cam Brandreth
Vice-President Vacant
Past President David Matson
Secretary/Membership Bev Pedersen
Treasurer Raymond Wilson
Program Chair Cam Brandreth
Archives Committee Chair Rev. Canon Robert Brownlie
Promotions, School History Prizes Margaret Anderson-Herrmann
Special Events Planning Vacant
Fieldcote Representative David Puskas
Member at Large Vacant
Member at Large Vacant


Contact us or write to us at
Ancaster Township Historical Society
c/o Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum
64 Sulphur Springs Road
Ancaster, ON
L9G 1L8