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Go to the "History" section for Dan's History Stories.

Brighton Applefest - Sept 23

The 2017 Applefest Street Fair will see The History Guy under a tent at 86 Main Street, north side, not far west of the restaurant called 78 on Main. Susan Brose will join me to show her pictures and books and talk history.

Brighton Digital Archive (BDA)

Several ambitious and talented volunteers from Friends of Hilton Hall Heritage Centre have created the Brighton Digital Archive, a web site that contains a growing collection of images and information about Brighton history. Check it out at:

Guest Speaker

Retirement leaves me more time to do things I love and telling history stories is at the top of the list. I will be the guest speaker at your group's meeting or event. Check out the "Guest Speaker" tab on the left for a full list of the stories I can tell. Give me a call at 613-439-8992 or email to to book a time.

New Stories for 2017! Ask for these any time.

Canada 150: Canada and Proctor House are both 150 years old in 2017. The theme of Brighton History Week was Brighton One Five Oh!, so I have lots of material re Confederation and then, on July 1, 2017, The Barn Theatre at Proctor House Museum allows me to add history of the Proctor family and their famous house. Lots of Brighton history and some new info in this one.

William Weller - The Stage Coach King! My next book will be about William Weller, the Cobourg stage coach operator from the time before the railways. Here is some fascinating Ontario history on a practical level and from a time in history we hear of much too little.

Books re Brighton History

Murder in the Family: The Dr. King Story, by Dan Buchanan, published July 25, 2015 by Dundurn Press, is available in book stores ($24.99), e-book sites and libraries. See

Florence Chatten's book "Brighton Township" is available from Florence at 613-475-1244. Yes, she still has a few left. Get yours soon! It can also be ordered online through the publisher's web site (Look under the "Other" Category.)

Susan Brose has produced three small booklets focussed on the churches, schools and cemeteries of the Brighton area. They are available from Susan Brose.

Susan Brose's book "The History of Brighton Businesses 1816 to 2009" provides lots of interesting info re businesses over the years in Brighton Village and surrounding area. It contains 424 pages with 140 business ads and 576 pictures. It is available in Brighton at End of the Thread and Family Realty on Main St., Hair Sensations on Elizabeth St. or call Susan Brose at 613-475-1028.

"That's Just The Way We Were; Brighton Memories", published by The Municipality of Brighton in 2006 is available at the Brighton Municipal Office.

Bonnie Browne's books about life in Brighton are available from the author. Call Bonnie at 613-475-0915

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