The Halton Hills Public Library has many resources to help you learn more about the history of the Town of Halton Hills. 

Following the agreement of Treaty 19 between the Mississaugas of the Credit and the British Crown in 1818, European settlers began to arrive in the area. The Towns of Acton and Georgetown and the communities in Esquesing Township grew into diverse, unique places. 

In 1974, Halton Region was created along with the new Town of Halton Hills which brought together Esquesing Township and the Towns of Acton and Georgetown. Over the last 50 years the Town has evolved and embraced economic, social and environmental values while continuing to respect its natural heritage lands and become a community where all are welcome. 

Special Resources

Virtual exhibits
Our virtual exhibits showcase the local history of Halton Hills, including notable people, locations, and events.
Featured exhibits include:
Local history kits
Local history kits introduce local history in the Town of Halton Hills and its included communities. The kits include brief topic overviews and resource guides based on school curriculums but can be used for all ages and all types of research. 
Inside you will find maps, research tips, resource lists, community information and more. The local history kits are a great place to start when beginning any type of historical research or to refresh your knowledge. 

Browse our Local History Kits

Heritage tours
These talking photo albums take you on a heritage tour of local areas without having to leave your house. Flip through the pages of colourful pictures as local history is narrated to you. Current tours available include: 
Esquesing Historical Society Archives
The Esquesing Historical Society collects, preserves and publicizes the history of Esquesing Township, Halton County, Ontario. The Georgetown Branch is home to the Esquesing Historical Society Archival collection. This collection contains documents and photographs related to local families, businesses and community groups. 
The Esquesing Historical Society holds monthly meetings that are open to the public and free of charge. They also publish newsletters throughout the year with historical information and photographs. To learn more about their events and publications, visit the Esquesing Historical Society website.  
Land survey map
The land survey map shows the original surveyors of the southern part of Georgetown in the early-to-mid 1800's. The Georgetown Branch houses corresponding microfilm that contain information on previous property owners, purchase history and more. Visit our Land Survey Map page to research a property.