Naismith’s Birthplace

Ramsay Township

Dr. James Naismith was born in Bennie’s Corners, which is now part of the historic town of Almonte, ON.  Almonte makes up part of an amalgamated Mississippi Mills, which also includes the town of Pakenham, Appleton, Blakeney, Clayton and Ramsay.  For more information please visit

Dr. James Naismith was born in Ramsay Township, Ontario in 1861. Today, the community that was the place of Naismith’s early years is known as Mississippi Mills.

The game of basketball owes much to this place; as a child Naismith played Duck on a Rock outside the schoolhouse in Bennie’s Corners. That childhood game set the foundations for the rules of Basketball that Naismith would later create.

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