Though Frontenac's history is rich and deep, there is no single resource that tells the whole story. Many historical groups, including the Cloyne Pioneer Museum and Archives, the South Frontenac Township Museum, and the Clar-Mill Archives preserve and share local history. See below for some local historical publications.
Long before European settlers arrived in Frontenac, First Nations people, mostly Algonquin, lived on this land. Some of this history can be discovered through the Algonquins of Ontario, and locally through the Shabot Obaadijiwan First Nation.
Through the ages, the local economy evolved many times: fur trading, agriculture, logging, milling, mining, small scale manufacturing, retail and service trades all saw success at one time or another.
Though it only reached as far as Renfrew, the Kingston & Pembroke Railway was built in the late 1800s through the wilderness of Frontenac to improve travel and trade in the area.
Much of today's economy in Frontenac is based on tourism, local food, and agriculture. Our Key Sectors section provides more information about our current economic activity.
- County of a Thousand Lakes: The History of the County of Frontenac 1673 - 1973
- In Search of the K&P: The story of the Kingston & Pemroke Railway, Carol Bennett and D.W. McCuaig
- Away Back in Clarendon and Miller, Charles A. Armstrong