Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 8, 2016

Tour of Historic Berwick, Ontario.


An Edwardian postcard welcoming people to Berwick, Ontario.


Berwick from the 19th century Berwick, Ontario.

Berwick takes its name from the village in Scotland were many of the first settlers came from.

In 1905 the population was 225, served by blacksmiths, Warren Bogart, Simon Hutt and A.R. Monigal; Milton Pearson ran the creamery; the general stores were operated by Charles Gray and Johnson and Co; J.G. Nugent operated the harness shop; J.D. McDonald was the hotel proprietor; W.G. Empey and D. McMartin & Sons operated the two sawmills.  Hutt also served as postmaster.



Peter Thomas Manley (1903 – 1998) was perhaps Berwick’s most prominent citizen as MPP for Strormont County.

Manley was born in Berwick in 1903 and served as Liberal MPP for Stormont County from 1951 to 1963.  He began his career in politics in 1933, serving 3 years on Finch Township Council.  Manley also served as president of the local committee of the Ontario Plowman’s Assoc., personally planning and organizing the 1958 International Ploughing Match, one of the highlights of his life.  He actively participated in the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway during his political tenure.  In the latter years of his political career, Manley was Chairman of the Liberal Party Caucus.

Mr. Manley supported 4-H Club youth projects by sponsoring the Manley Trophy for Top Honours for Stormont Junior Farmer recipients.  He is remembered for this dedication to his constituents.


Berwick’s first cenotaph erected in memory of those who lost their lives in World War I from Finch Township.



Finch Township’s cenotaph, 2005.




1935 ad.

This is a sample of material in the archives at the Cornwall Community Museum.

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