“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.
Who are the miners in our logo?
They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora"
Did you know?
1880 MARMORA BRICKYARD
Marmora's first commercial brickyard (now known as Nayler's Common) was made prosperous by brick-maker John W. Nayler in the early 1880's and 90's.
The clay in the pond area was baked in kilns on this property. The kilns were built by hand and fired by wood continually for at least a week using 40 to 60 cords of soft wood at a firing. About 75,000 bricks would be baked in the kilns at least three times a year.
Many of the red brick homes and business establishments were built with bricks from Nayler's brickyard. Charles Bleecker's residence on Madoc Street (1887), Dr. Parkin's house on Forsyth Street (1888), A.W. Carscallen's thirty room residence on Forsyth (1901), Gladney and McDonnell's Store (1909) and Pringle's Corner Building (1914).
Bleecker House, Madoc & Victoria
By 1911, the clay in the pond area ran out and the brickyard remained abandoned for years. The Village of Marmora purchases 22 acres of the property surrounding the brickyard with the intention that it would be developed for public use. On August 16, 1994, Nayler's Common, Wetland and Trails were officially opened to the public.