Milton Historical Society has suspended all of its face-to-face community programming until further notice, as part of Canada’s efforts to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country. However, the Society is uploading new video presentations about local history to its youtube site monthly, between December 2020 and March 2021. The Society will also continue to publish The Journal quarterly and on Social Media.

The MHS Board of Directors will continue to monitor Canada’s progress daily in fighting the coronavirus and revise its 2021 calendar of events, as required. All updates will be posted to its website at

The Waldie Blacksmith Shop and Archives will be closed until further notice.

For further information, please call 905-875-4156 or email

The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including coronavirus (COVID-19), is to:

  • Stay at home unless absolutely necessary
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Carry hand sanitizer and tissues with you at all times
  • Maintain a 2-metre distance between yourself and others, where feasible
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve
  • Wear a clean face mask when in the presence of others, where feasible


Welcome to the Milton Historical Society, located at 16 James Street in Milton, Ontario. We are above the Waldie Blacksmith Shop, one of the MHS major restoration projects.

The Milton Historical Society and the Waldie Blacksmith Shop are located in historic downtown Milton, between Main Street and Mill Street.


Only $25 a year, or $40 for the whole family

Come watch the smiths at work, or take a class and learn this ancient craft


Learn more about some local Milton landmarks and the people who built them


Research Milton's history online or in person at our archives


Bring history home with a book from our new online bookstore


Anniversary of 200 years of Early Settlement: 1820/1821 – 2020/2020

Background History:

Research by past MHS members Alex Cooke, Jack Charlton and Jim Dills it was found that the land known today as the Region of Halton was part of two purchases from the Mississauga Indians. The purchase of the Indian lands was intended to open up the district for settlers.

Halton County consisted of four Townships – Trafalgar, Nelson, Esquesing and Nassagaweya. The first purchase, on Sept. 5, 1806, was for 1000 pounds and included 85,000 acres. This included the area south of the lower base line to the shore of Lake Ontario.

The second purchase on Oct. 15, 1818 included our Milton area. The 648,000 acres purchased include much more than just the area we are concerned with around the original settlement site of Milton. Those who came had an influence on the establishment, growth and development of the district.

Here are a few of the early 1820’s names who requested a Patent for land in Trafalgar Township, Halton County, around our original settlement site – Concession 1, 2 & 3; Lots 12, 13 & 14:

Brooke, Dyer, Harrison, Lynch, Martin, McNabb, Nunan, Pelkie, Whitfield, Will and Templer