When you run a 200-plus history, a town's gonna experience and showcase some unique things! So when you come to Perth, you'll likely cross paths with a few stand-out items in town that'll make you take a picture and say, "you've gotta see this!" Here's just a sampling:
|The Mammoth Cheese|
|What happens when your region's dairy producers get creative in 1893? You make a 22,000-lb block of cheese and send it to the Chicago World Fair via train - that's what you do! There's a good story behind the Mammoth Cheese - so much so that we decided to honour that unique idea with a replication! Check it out at the Crystal Palace. You can also see an original piece of the cheese in the Matheson House Perth Museum.|
|Ian Millar and Big Ben|
|We're honoured that Canadian Olympian Ian Millar calls Perth home. The Equestrian rider won bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Before that, Millar and his horse, Big Ben, accomplished some amazing things together. As a tribute to their long-standing partnership, a beautiful bronze statue was erected in Perth. Check it out across from Code's Mill.|
|Last Duel Pistols|
|Did you know Perth is the last place in Canada where a fatal duel occurred? We've got those original pistols housed in the Matheson House Perth Museum.|
|Our Town Crier|
|For the past 10 years, Brent McLaren has acted as our official Town Crier! You'll see him and his consort, Shelley, greeting you in costume and available to answer any questions. For years, he's competed in Town Crier Championships and hosted the 2016 provincial championships right here in Perth!|
|Round Garden for the Blind|
The Round Garden for the Blind was especially designed to accommodate the needs of the blind, the elderly and the developmentally challenged. This garden, with its waist-high plant boxes, encourages visitors to feel the leaves and flowers, smell the fragrances, taste the herbs and listen to the birds and the water splashing in the fountain. Built and maintained by Friends of the Garden for the Blind, the Round Garden is visited by more than 5,000 people each year! Check it out at the Lanark County Administration Building at 99 Christie Lake Road.
To find out more about Perth's unique stories and history, visit the Matheson House Perth Museum.