"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
For over thirty years, the Marmora Historical Foundation has been a part of our community. We thank our curator, Cathie Jones, and as well, all of those kind 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! A final thank you to the Toronto Dominion Bank, and its many managers who have kindly provided the space for our collection and our home in town.
Meet Your Host
Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora"
THE QUICK PEEK
The very latest additions to the website:
- Schooners Carrying Blairton Ore - Lake Ontario
- Census Records as a Genealogcal Tool
- Animal Stories
- The Bleeckers
- 15 Forsyth St - The empty lot
- History of the Legion
- The Laycock Family
- 1 Forsyth St. Sweets Bakery
- History of Millinery
- More details to businesses on the east side of Forsyth St
- Writers to watch for
- carver Gerry Sanders
- Loyal Orange Lodge
Helping with genealogical info
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
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!
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS WITH HISTORY
Check out our other Sunday Drives
We've got videos throughout the site, but here are a few to sample
DEPT. OF HIGHWAYS 100 YEARS OLD
Building Demolition - "Coachlight - Ember's Restaurant"
Thanks to Doug Prindle, we now have this wonderful record of the sad demolition of one of Marmora's oldest buildings. For more on this building, CLICK HERE
SCHOONERS SAILING LAKE ONTARIO CARRYING ORE FROM THE BLAIRTON IRON MINE
The above photo is a wonderful display of the Blairton ore cars on the raised trestle, waiting to unload the rock into theLake Ontario schooners that would take the cargo to the United States.
NEW BOOK OUT
Marmora writer, Will Braund has just released his new book, BABE RUTH, The New York Yankees have their best summer yet.....
A MOUSE, A SNAKE AND A SKUNK WALK INTO A BAR.............
Well, not really, but we do have a new collection of animal stories to tell with lots more to come in the future. Find out about Mrs. Bedore or Tom Brooks and their bird stories;
Mrs. Gifford's run-in with a snake or Thomas Cain's most unfortunate animal tales.
And be sure to check back in the future as we have a lot more stories up our sleeves.
MARMORA'S FIRST STRIP MALL
Built in the 1880's when "Main" Street was the main street, Marmora's first mall, called the "Arcade", was built as part of a complex of company facilities, by accomplished buisnessmen, Josiah Pearce and his brother Thomas Pearce.
The Arcade, situated where the Cutting Corner stands today (corner of Main and Reginald Streets) and occupying the lands of the house to the south. It housed five stores and had 2 dwelling apartments upstairs - Lee's livery store and Marmora's first newspaper the Advocate and the Pearce General Store.
To read more go to the lower half of 'IT'S OUR BUSINESS"
101 YEARS OLD ON DEC. 15th
Check out Marmora's centenarians JUST CLICK HERE
STRANGE EVENTS AND TRAGIC OCCURRENCES
Car accidents, drownings, fires, murders, shooting, suicides, train accidents and other bizarre tragedies.
CONTINUING WITH OUR TOUR OF THE BUSINESS SECTION
#3 FORSYTH STREET THE EROSION OF FINE ARCHITECTURE
By the early 1800's, pioneers living in log homes desired something a little more substantial and functional for their large families. Thus began the first of the formal housing styles found in Canada, the Georgian. The name originated from the period of English history when England was ruled by a succession of kings named George. The Bleecker house, on Marmora's business section, at 3 Forsyth St, WAS a fine example, but like so many Ontario buildings of the era, the architect's original plan has been sorely bastardized.
THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, MARMORA BRANCH 237, FORMED IN SEPTEMBER OF 1932.
LOOK WHO MADE HISTORY!
We're always on the look out for our citizens who helped to make a difference. This month we're featuring Alexander Augustus Williamson Carscallen (October 14, 1844 – February 13, 1907), a banker and political figure in Ontario. He represented Hastings North in the Canadian House of Commons from 1892 to 1904 as a Conservative member. Read about his life - Start by clicking here.
Check out of business directories, starting in 1857
METHUEN TOWNSHIP'S FIRST PIONEER
In 1864, enticed by a free land grant of 400 acres, James Stephen Sopha took his wife and two year old son for a trek into Methuen Township, where by built a log cabin and proceeded to settle the land with a family of thirteen children. The area, at the end of the Vansickle Road became known as the Sopha Settlement. Read more - CLICK HERE
THE STORY OF 1 FORSYTH STREET - SWEETS BAKERY
Our website is so chockerblock full even we can't find stuff. Be sure to use the Search Button
Have you seen The Land Between documentary yet?
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
WANTED -DEAD OR ALIVE
Who do you know who is or was a talented person in his field? Tell us. We'd like to showcase our local talent.
In the mailbox this week
HERE ARE ALL THE NICE COMMENTS WE RECEIVED FOR CHRISTMAS. Thanks everyone!
Wayne VanVolkenburg: Not many villages have people like Anne, Cathie and Andre who freely donate so much of their time.
Jenn Bennett: We are very lucky to have them!!
Richard Deering: Thanks to everyone involved in providing this wonderful community service. Marmora continues to be an important piece of my life thanks to you folks. Keep up the good work.
Deb Ball: I have only lived here for 6 years, but your site lets me learn about Marmora, the past. And the tour to the top of the Mine, it was fantastic! I look forward to going again! Thank you!
Cee Mac: I love the site! Helps keep me in tune with my roots and an opportunity to share with my children. Other than the stories that they get from their elder Van Volkenburg family. So thank you to all!
Joan Deering: Thank you so much.I love the old pictures.It keeps me connected with Marmora my hometown.I spent my first 32 years of my life there.
Judy Vodden: Cathie Jones you guys do an amazing job! Love the old pics on FB . . . . some I know, most I don't but love seeing the history of the area of our family cottage!
Pearl McCaw Franko: Excellent site. Love reading the stories and enjoying the pictures. Thanks.
Ellen Anne O'Connor: Thank you Cathie, Anne, Andre and everyone else who helps make the site and the Foundation a big success. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Norm Ellis: I sure enjoy seeing all the postings as they bring back memories when I was growing up
MaryLou Jim: A big thank you to everyone for providing this site .I love seeing the picture and reading the information about my hometown .Mary-Lou Brady Fraser
Izzy McCoy Hunter: I really enjoy reading about my hometowns colourful past. Thanks so much!
Thomas Empey: Great for my hometown
Dolores Buckley: Thank you for such an informative sight
Joan Smith Warren: Enjoy the site greatly
Dec. 5. 2016 John Turcott
This is wonderful. Have family ties to Eldorado, Madoc and Tweed. My dad was born in Tweed. Still have relatives all over that part of Ontario and elsewhere. My name is John Turcott and live between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. I did a bit of research on a trip to Madoc in September. The history of the area fascinates me
Dec. 5, 2016 Seventh Town Historical Society Thank you for an interesting website and FB page. Keep up the excellent work.
Nov 18, 2016 Jim Franchetto of Peterborough, wrote:
My family and I lived in Marmora for four years in the late 1950s and we all loved our time there. Your web site is very enjoyable and informative!
Nov 15, 2016 In response to our story on Wm Minchin story, Ronald Barrons wrote: Interesting story.. Also, I would recommend this book Flight from Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada by Donald MacKay, which offers within numerous first hand accounts of horrific times that were experienced both in Canada and Ireland.
Janet Harper Long Thanks for sharing!
Dianne Brick wrote: Well done Marmora Historical Foundation. Someone is working very hard to preserve this history - thank you.
Anne Butwell , Brighton, Nov. 15, 2016
I stumbled across this wonderful record while researching my family (Butwells/Naylers from Toronto). We have moved back and will have to make a trip up to visit the area soon.
Derek Denolf, of Winnipeg, Nov. 10, wrote to say:
I just stumbled across your site. I am the great-great grandson of George Reid Campion. I would love to find out who supplied the pictures of our family that you have posted and get in touch with them to learn more. Please let me know if you have any further information on the Campions. Thank you!
Derek Denolf, Son of Heather Campion, Daughter of Garth Campion, Son of Ernest Campion, Son of George Reid Campion, Son of Thomas Campion of Marmora, Son of Colonel William Campion