Join us the 4th Tuesday of the month.  We meet  at 7pm in the museum.  Because we are all getting older, we don’t meet in December, January and February; too much chance of snow storms and too darn cold.  Meetings resume in March 2023.    

   This year we have 2023 Calendars with pictures from the township; these  would make a good souvenir at 15$ each.   And buy one for yourself as well, 2 for 25$.  The money is used for museum projects.

Strawberry social — go to events page above.       

Welcome to the Burford Township Historical Society.  We have produced a cookbook for sale  — read the great memories,  and in case you were wondering — all  of the pictures in the cookbook are from Burford Township. We still have a few,  ask us!

The museum has a lot of history as it relates to Burford Township.  Peruse our scrapbooks and Tweedsmuir binders.  Read Mel Robertson’s histories.  Tell us your memories of living here.  

Drop in to Kristi’s Market Kitchen next door and grab a bite to eat, pick up some cheese, get some of her delicious muffins (closed Sunday and Monday). 

Free parking.  

 – While you’re here, pick up a brochure for the museums of Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex, Norfolk counties, and Burford Township.  The brochure gives locations, a brief description, and contact information for 42 museums in the area — all within an easy day’s drive. 

Check out the submarine at Port Burwell, or the Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s, or the Dairy museum south of Aylmer, or the Railway museums in St. Thomas (triva, did you know that railways are Canadian, and railroads are American?)

Visit the blacksmith shop in Sparta, look at the beams in the centre of the museum.  The rope marks are from the ropes that they used to support the oxen while they were getting their feet trimmed.    Horses can stand on 3 feet —  oxen can’t. So they used ropes to keep them standing. 

Decoration Day for Harley Cemetery is the 2nd Sunday in August. 

 BTHS is now on Twitter! Follow us:   HistoricalSociety@BTHS  (This might be changing.  will try to keep you informed if it does. )

  Check tabs above for upcoming events!   Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, from March through November.   We do meet during the summer months.  In the meantime, you may still email us (see contact info tab).  Visits to the museum may be arranged if you’d like to come out to see us.  


Check out the Digital Historical Collection site for the archives and photos from the Museum that are online.

Thank you for visiting the official website. The historical society was formed in 1986, and is an affiliate member of the Ontario Historical Society and the Ontario Museums Association

BTHS is an agricultural museum.  Over the years the residents of Burford Township have gathered up and donated artefacts to the museum.    We are bringing artefacts back onto public view.  We have the data base programme from the Ontario Museums Association, and will be creating a searchable database for visitors.  However, this may take a while to complete —  a long while…..

The museum has only volunteers – we have no paid staff.  Currently we are quite often  open  Wednesday afternoons,  or by contacting a member. .

We are now listed on the Ontario Museums Association site: museumsontario.ca