"There is something about the situation of Marmora that leads one to seriously reflect that the Creator would be somewhat  disappointed if man had not built it here.”                                                                                        Editor-   Marmora Herald, 1924                                                                  


 

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Our new digs above the library at 35 Forsyth St.

The Memorial Building (For more on the history of the Memorial Building, click here )

For over forty years, the Marmora Historical Foundation has been a part of our community. We thank our contributors who know that our past is too precious to be allowed to just slip away. This website shows some of the donations in our collection. Keep them coming. It's only a matter of time until it's history!

THE QUICK PEEK

The newest pages  on the website:

Be a contributor!

If you are a regular contributor of photos to this site, (more than three photos), you can now have your own gallery. Have a look! Click here ... or if you have stories with your pictures, you'll find them posted in "Your stories"  Click here

Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?

They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora

Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?

This segment from "The Land Between" documentary series, Episode 1, features Andre Philpot discussing the Marmora Iron Works, one of Upper Canada's first mining operations. Director: Zach Melnick Producer: Yvonne Drebert Narrator: R. H.

Belmont Lake

Check out our Sunday Drives

We've got videos throughout the site,  but here are a few to sample

Building Demolition                        "Coachlight,  Ember's Restaurant"  By Doug Prindle

BREAKING NEWS……………….

Thanks to the Archives of Ontario, we now have a sketch of the original 1828 bridge that spanned the Crowe River, north of the dam. built for Charles Hayes and the Iron Works.

It was the only crossing from the iron works to the west side of the river where the road passed through the quiet grounds of St. Matilda’s (click here)and on to what is now Norwood Road to head west.

BE SURE TO HAVE A LOOK!

JUST CLICK HERE

 

WE FOUND NEW TALENT…….

THIS TIME FROM BEAVER CREEK!

Jessie Louise Best was born in the Ottawa Valley region and moved as an adult to Toronto, Canada, and is now summering on the Beaver Creek. 

An author for the younger set, Jessie writes unique, mystical, fantasy adventures for children of all ages. Her characters are vibrant, magical creatures such as fairies, sorcerers, and hobgoblins.  Believing in the power of the imagination as an important learning tool, She is an author who strives to write stories for children that will be remembered into adulthood.
She is also expanding her talents into the young adult, paranormal realm.

TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR NEW AUTHOR, AND OTHERS

CLICK HERE

 

pHOTO RECEIVED FROM kAREN gRAVELLE

WE’RE WORKING ON A NEW SECTION

HOUSES IN THE TOWNSHIP

IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL ABOUT A HOUSE IN THE TOWNSHIP, LET US KNOW - JUST CLICK HERE

IN THE MEANTIME, HERE’S A STORY ABOUT THE BRIGGS HOUSE AND THE BRIGGS-BONTER MILL- LOT 19, CONCESSION 5

JUST CLICK HERE

 

ALL ABOUT SPRINGBROOK

OUR LATEST SUNDAY DRIVE

Born as a agricultural settlement, Springbrook was once a hive of activity with two hotels, a grain elevator, a cheese factory, a carriage shop, a blacksmith shop, and three general stores, two churches, an orange hall, and a school. While so much has disappeared, a Sunday Drive to Springbrook can still offer a peek at the old days.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT

 

LOOK WHO MADE HISTORY

RON PLAZIER

https://www.ronplaizier.com/

2018 - LOCAL MARMORA ARTIST, ONE OF 13 CANADIAN ARTISTS CHOSEN BY DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO and  Ron is the only artist east of Manitoba. Ducks Unlimited will be having prints of his painting, "Gatekeeper", on display across Canada, for auction . All money raised is for Ducks Unlimited. Ron has a Home studio on Marble Point, where he enjoys talking to visitors and creating. He also has paintings in Tweed Art Gallery and Algonquin Park Art Gallery. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON RON

GO EAST, YOUNG MAN.

East of Marmora’s four corners, that is. While writer, Horace Greeley, may have advised young entrepeneurs to head west, Mr. Daniel Dunlay, in 1892, looked east in Marmora, purchasing the property at the south-west corner of Highway 7 and Bursthall Street. So began the spread of business to the east of Marmora. CLICK HERE to read about Mr. Dunlay and from there, you can click through to all our businesses east in Marmora

DISAPPEARING MARMORA!


110 Hastings Ave. Marmora, Ontario
The action shot above, posted by FC Dobbs, is a reminder to us all to capture today's images before they quickly disappear. If you have a "Disappearing Marmora" photo you want to share, be sure to send it to the Marmora Historical Foundation to add to our gallery.

For more Disappearing Marmora JUST CLICK HERE


A LITTLE BIT OF MARMORATON MINE HISTORY

This photo of a tool check tag was sent to us by Roy Osborne and is a reminder of daily life for the many Marmoraton Mine employees. If you have any such parapernalia or photos of mine employees, be sure to send them along and help us complete the picture. For more on Marmoraton employees,

CLICK HERE 

WHAT A GAS !

THE HISTORY OF SERVICE STATIONS IN MARMORA

Back in 2014,  when we first created our website,  Tom O'Neill wrote to say,  "In the sixties,  I can count 14 gas stations between the Ellis station to the east and Russ Pitman's to the west,  Beckers to the south and Tom Smith's to the north.  Now there are  three!!"                   

It's time to take stock!  

CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT OUR GAS STATIONS

 

   TAKE A TOUR DOWN MAIN STREET        

MARMORA'S ORIGINAL BUSINESS SECTION

Bert & grandmother, Mae Jones, Cora Hodge. THE HILL OF MCGILL STREET AT THE BACK

Starting in 1821,  with the development of the Iron Works at the dam area,  all of Marmora's business was taken care of by entrepreneurs on Main Street (explaining the name).  We don't have very many details,  but hope to build up an image of Marmora's first business section by slowing piecing together whatever information comes in.  Surrounding the furnaces were businesses set up to meet the needs of the population of 400 (mostly men) - carpenters,  hardware and dry goods, shoe makers,  inn keepers,  a grist mill,  a postmaster, blacksmiths and carriage makers - all located on Main street.                               

TO TAKE THE TOUR  CLICK HERE

Read the history of store that brings back so many memories

A BIT OF DELORO HISTORY                      THE GENERAL STORE

  JUST CLICK HERE

 

WHEN GEORGE MET DAISY

A DELORO LOVE STORY

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Our website is so chockerblock full even we can't find stuff.  Be sure to use the Search Button    

We need your help...

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.. "Disappearing Marmora" - and we don't mean the bank! We're looking for you to go out and photograph evidence of our disappearing past: stone walls, snake rail fences, old hand pumps, abandoned houses, You find it, we'll post it. CLICK HERE to upload your submission

Note to all

Check out the Marmora & Lake Library website www.marmoralibrary.ca. Click on the Langley Archives...a number of old newspapers - 1906-current. Click on the magnifying glass and type in your family name...or any other....you will see all the newspaper articles that include that name! Have fun researching your family.. spread the news - great fun!

For information on the Cordova library,  click here

WANTED -DEAD OR ALIVE

Who do you know who is or was a talented person in his/her field?  Tell us.  We'd like to showcase our local talent.

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JAMES DALTON DONATES BOOK PROCEEDS TO THE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

Leaky Raft Jim Dalton.jpg

$20.00  Available at the Historical Foundation info@marmorahistory.ca

The Leaky Raft: a village raises a child is a true story about a village,Deloro, a time and place where the story of being human is unfolded before our very eyes in the lives of two boys, James and David Dalton.  

We love your letters!

In the mailbox this week

on March 23, 2019, Glenn McGinnis wrote

I enjoyed the story and pictures of Marmora High School. Although I never attended it, my father Leighton McGinnis taught there from 1949 until 1961. We lived in a house right beside the school, in fact it was owned by the school so even though we were in public school, we spent a lot of time around the high school. I remember that Mister Jenkins coached the football team and gave some of us kids a few old leather football helmets, and we played for hours on the lawn in front of the school.

On March 10, 2019 Louis Barker wrote:

It was so nice to see a number of pictures of my Mother Ellenore Barker a long term member of the W.I.. As well it was especially nice to see my Grandmother Mrs Ivah Green one of 3 ladies who also rose to be District Presidents of the organization.
Thank you

Jan. 3. 2019 Rosemarie (O'Neill) Menassas wrote:

Back in the early 50s. in the attic of our home at 93 Forsyth St, we found a Postcard album. A very ornate cover on it, and filled with postcards in slots much like early photo albums. We used to make airplanes out of them, and "fly" them across the attic. How ignorant were we of the value of such treasures! Wish I had that album today and I would send it to you!

Dec. 23, 2018 Allan Stacey from Chelmsford

Best wishes for Christmas and for the New Year. I am still amazed at the amount of content and the new stuff that continues to appear on the site. Very, very impressive. I will still be supporting the site next year, as usual.

Dec. 19, 2018 - from Mike in Calgary

Hello from Calgary, Stunning work done by you guys. How are you. Thanks!

Dec 3, 2018. Sheelagh Hysenaj wrote: Your website continues to amaze me. Keep up the great work. My ancestors are from Apsley.

Nov. 9, 2018 from Coralie Fountain in Cheddar, England:

I am W.J. Cottrell’s grandaughter. My mum was his daughter, Ruth. I had a sister and brother who unfortunatley are both dead . I was so chuffed to find this (Cottrell article) as I did not know a great deal about him . I was wondering if you could send me a copy of the “Contented Valley” and any other information you may have .It was so nice to know he was so well respected by the peple of Marmora.