The Cornish Society of Durham Region will be hosting a Heritage Event, The Cornish Are All Around Us, May 31-June 2, 2024. When the Irish came to Ontario they told everyone who they were and where they had come from. Not so with the Cornish. Instead, they got down to work building their new lives in a new country. Consequently, most descendants of Cornish folk do not know their heritage. Enter the Cornish Society of Durham Region!

This event is designed to educate people about the Cornish who settled here in the 1800’s from Cornwall, UK, with the coverage area being from Cobourg to Whitby, and all the places in between. This event is intended to be educational and social, beginning on Friday evening with an informal catered BBQ and live entertainment featuring familiar sing-a-long sea shanties. On Saturday there are four educational sessions about various aspects of Cornish settlement, as well as a bus tour to the Cobourg area to see the areas of Cornish settlement there. Saturday evening will be a traditional pasty supper with live Celtic/Cornish entertainment by Canada’s foremost Celtic entertainer, Heather Dale. On Sunday a commemorative plaque dedication will be made to Cornish forebears.

Local street names, Cobbledick, Crago, Penfound Roads, Trewin Lane and Pethick St all have Cornish origin. The names Baker, Bawden, Bray, Davey, Pascoe, Varcoe, Raby, Richards, Sandercock, Sleeman & Tinney are but a few of hundreds of Cornish emigrants who settled in this area, and their descendants are still here today. Truly, the Cornish are all around us!

All events take place Bowmanville. For more information about this event, follow on Facebookor contact




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