“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

This is Archives the cat. She is the Marmora Historical Foundation's tour guide. Please enjoy her company along your journey through our site, and feel free to stop by and see her when you are in town.


It's easy and fun! Plus it will help pay for our expenses - including this website!

 Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?


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!


Lizzie Connors c.1894


An Old Film by Mr. Franklin     (A little rough at the beginning, 'cause it's really old)


Ted Bedore talks about working in Deloro.  Video in four parts. Click here to see them all.


Sacred Heart School, Marmora,  under the direction of Shawn Hughes

This website is so chockablock full,  even we're losing track!  Be sure to use our search engine.


Despite incoming inclement weather and high seas, the 2015 Poker run was another great success, thanks to Cathie Jones and all her team that work together to pull it off. This year's winner is Doug Howden winning $480.00. Without even hesitating, Doug donated back $240.00!! That pays for our website for another year. THANKS DOUG! And thanks to all the sailors and crew who worked the whole course.




Photos and articles of some of Marmora's oldest citizens             1966 - Edward Donald O'Connor, this village's oldest man, and one of its most active residents, celebrated his 90th birthday Sunday with his bride of 50 years ago at his side.   Mr O'Connor was born in  Marmora Township, Oct. 2, 1876.  He is the youngest and only surviving son of Michael O'Connor and the former Elizabeth Wolfe. ~ His only living sister (Margararet), Mrs. E. J; Keating, also  resides in Marmora.

Marmora Seniors    CLICK HERE



Marmora's first school was in the stone building on the Crowe River which later became the soap factory.  The building  at 10 Hayes St. was Marmora's  second school, later lived in by  Mrs. Sadie Auger.

The front hall,  the Junior room,   was  four rows across and 3 or 4 rows deep.  Each seat held 2 pupils.  The desks were attached to the seats in front. Behind these front seats,  the floor was  built in steps  with  two long desks and a long seat holding perhaps 6 or 7 children.  There were three aisles, one in the centre and one on each side.  The children in the back seats were up in the air.

The smaller children sat in the front seats and the bigger ones in the long seats in the back.  Slates were used for lesson work.  The cat-o-nine tails were used very frequently.

(Taken from " Marmora at the Turn of the Century" by Grace Warren)





The history of banking in Marmora takes place in two locations.


William Prest,  in his book, "The Death of Bellview"  writes of the sudden rise and equally sudden fall of his beloved hamlet,  Bellview,  later known as Bonarlaw.   "Bellview was once the busiest hamlet in Ontario, and one that never slept. As many as thirty-six trains going north, south, east or west crossed each other's tracks in twenty four hours by means of a device. With both acute and obtuse measurements, the Diamond was once called the eighth wonder of the world by the railroad officials. For many years, local people were proud to speak of Bellview with some degree of reverence when referring to the Diamond. Many were the travellers, dignitaries as well, who availed themselves of the opportunity for a first look at another first in history."

Read all about the hustle & bustle in Bonarlaw.    CLICK HERE

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Jack Grant Remembers

Jack's family moved to Marmora in 1915. Eighty-two years later, he was still telling stories of his life here.
" I started to play the bones when I was 12. A show came to Marmora, a minstrel show and one of the guys, they called him Mister Bones and he played the bones and after the show I was so intrigued I went up and said "How do you play those?" and he showed me. He said "Do you like music?" "Oh ya," I said and he said, "Well, if you can get a set of bones, you'll have a lot of fun," and I've had these (bones) for 50 years."
Read all about Jack's experiences back in 1915, and his famous band, "The Aces" .  CLICK HERE


Belmont Lake                                                                                               Photo by Matt VanVolkenburg

Before reaching Marmora,  the Crowe River will pass through three counties and six townships. 

THE BEAVER CREEK - Marmora's second river - But where are the headwaters?  Follow the creek,  from top to bottom

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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.

We need your help...

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...We're planning on starting a new gallery on our Website called "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

In the mailbox this week

Barry Wensley  wrote:    We live in Collingwood. This is just a great job of telling the history of Cordova Mines and Deer Lake fish hatchery. My stepfather Jock Hunt was manager at the hatchery from 1959 to 1974 He would be so proud of the Bowens for all of the input and records Dorothy kept. Our family spent most weekends in Deer Lake and we all have fond memories of the area.

Marilyn (Sproul) Maloney:
Enjoyed TD Canada Trust articles. I started work at The Old Dominion Bank in 1952. Alex Fraser was Manager. I had some time off for family but worked a total 0f 34 years. I retired in 1992. Kevin Warren was Manager. Many good memories.

Joan Warren Smith: I enjoy reading and seeing all that has been posted . I was born in Marmora and now live in California it is great to see the people and remember them .Thanks Cathie GREAT JOB

Aaron J Izzard.: I recently came across your website for the Marmora Historical Foundation. In the section "War Reports From the Deloro Once a Week" you have a collection of letters published by the Deloro Smelting and Refining Company. These are letters written back home from young local boys serving overseas. Scrolling down I was SHOCKED to find a letter written by a young fellow named Private J.A. Izzard with the Hasty P Regiment. That man was my father. I'm wondering what other information you may have about his letter? Anything you can tell me. He passed away in 1999. Thank you.

Lindi Pierce : Outstanding history site. Cathie Jones told me about it, and I subscribed. You post so frequently, and such great stories and photos. Marmora and area history is safe with your team.

Our reply:  Thanks for the compliment, but you deserve a compliment back for your blog on architectural heritage. http://www.ancestralroofs.blogspot.ca/
It's full of great stuff, and we plan to share it.

Ritch Smith:
Once again, just wandering through your website in search of material for the Crowe Lake Waterways newsletter and getting distracted by the great variety of material on the site. Always interesting and very well done.

Margriet Kitchen  wrote:  Can't thank you enough for providing all this wonderful information on our Crowe Lake area. Doing a great job. Keep it up

Vera Wylie,  President of the Marmora Seniors' Club wrote:  On behalf of Marmora Seniors Club #87,  I extend our sincere thanks for the tremendous effort you are putting into keeping our historic material on line and so well organized.  Our members are most grateful for your dedication to this project.

Mrs. Hughes' Grade 3 Class  Earl Prentice School.
We are enjoying exploring your website! Thank you for helping us learn about Marmora's history. One of our students is especially excited to see his great-great-great-great-great-great Grandfather's picture on the homepage!

Lynn Gapes wrote:   Kudos to Anne and Cathie for all the work they do to preserve the history of Marmora. I am a relative newcomer, but love the Facebook posts. It is fun to read the names and try to imagine my 'today' friends as they were 'yesteryear'.

Lou Walter Wilson wrote:  It is nice to return after years away and walk into the Marmora Historical Foundation and be surrounded by all the history. Thanks to all who have made it happen.

Dorothy Caverly wrote  "I enjoyed reading Ralph Neal's comments and history of Marmora from his early days and throughout his lifetime. He was a very nice man and I always enjoyed shopping in his hardware store. Thanks for posting this and keep up the good work."

Linda Gray wrote:    " Quite an interesting story about Ralph's days here. Learning more about our town all the time. Thank you historical society. Love all the interesting sections you put on here."