"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                                                                        


 

Welcome!

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?

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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!

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 field?  Tell us.  We'd like to showcase our local talent.

 

Belmont Lake

Check out our other Sunday Drives

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

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

 

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - 1985

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

WHO ARE THE PARKERS?

1821 SCOTTISH IRON FOUNDER INVESTS IN MARMORA

Robert Parker, the owner of an ironworks in Ardrossan, Scotland invested in a new venture in 1821 - the Marmora Ironworks - established that year by an Irishman, Charles Hayes. The real profit, however, was the establishment of the Parker family and its good name throughout the Marmora to Stirling area.

Click here to read all about the Parker pioneer story and who got involved.

DISAPPEARING MARMORA

SETTLER'S CABIN   2121 CENTRE LINE ROAD

SETTLER'S CABIN   2121 CENTRE LINE ROAD

"WRITERS TO WATCH FOR"

We have found enough local writers to fill a shelf so we are dedicating a separate section for this talented group.  Novelists, poets, essayists, and historians,  alive and well or passed on.  We'll showcase them all.

     CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LINE UP


 

ANOTHER LOCAL ARTIST TO WATCH FOR

GERRY SANDERS

We're happy to showcase another artist that we just found.  Gerry Sanders,  a carver of wood and soapstone,  moved to Marmora from Stirling in 1990,  and now is living in the old  Bleecker House  at the corner of Madoc and Victoria Streets. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE

 

DEPT. OF HIGHWAYS 100 YEARS OLD

 

MARMORA'S LOYAL ORANGE LODGE NO. 319

The Orange Lodges have existed in Canada at least since the War of 1812. The Order was the chief social institution in Upper Canada, organizing many community and benevolent activities, and helping Protestant immi- grants to settle.    The Marmora Loyal Orange Lodge,  No. 319,  received its warrant under date of September 22, 1851,  when at the age of 21,  Thomas C. Campion,  son of the pioneer settler, Colonel Campion, became the first master.   But why "Orange"  and why parade on July 12th? 

          Click here to read a little Orange history.

 

CENTENARIANS

The second-fastest growing segment of Canada's population is people over 100.  In 2011, there were 5,825 Canadians over 100 years old, up 25.7% since 2006.   "Why do we have more centenarians now?

We're trying to track Marmora's Centenarians.  Click on the photo to the left  to see list so far ....

..and if you know of others,  click here to let us know.

 

1884 NEWS AT COE HILL IRON MINES

A spur line on the Central Ontario Railway to Ormsby a.k.a. Coe Hill Junction was built in 1884 to service the newly opened iron ore mines.  Coe Hill was named after William Coe of Madoc. He formed the Coe Hill Mines Company, after Harry Johnson had discovered iron deposits in a hill. 

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW TO SEE OUR COLLECTION

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LACROSSE AND LACROSSE IN MARMORA

"There is perhaps no game its equal in developing a boy physically and also teaching him self control.  It provides a wholesome form of recreation and often takes the place of other forums of amusement which have a tendency to evil rather than to good."    Marmora Herald 1914

 

THE DELORO SPORTS GALLERY

 

THE SPORTS REVIEW

            BE SURE TO CLICK THE PICTURE TO SEE THE GALLERY

 

 

 

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

 

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OUR SUMMER LECTURE SERIES

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.. "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

Celia Murray  July 7, 2016 Wonderful presentation last night by George Parker on the Blairton Mine and the railway that took the ore to Trent River to be taken by boat to Cobourg. His scale model of the train and the equipment that lifted the ore were amazing....and they ran on a track! Well done. Hope you have many more of these presentations. They bring history to life. Looking forward to the next one on St. Matilda's.

Deirdre Daly-  Ireland  (July 2, /16) When recently researching my ancestors who settled and died in Marmora, I came upon your site.   I was amazed to see a copy a photograph of Allie Monahan (Minihane) submitted by Jeanette Seabourne.  Allie is a Great Great Gran Aunt of mine.  I am living in Ireland very near to where Allie would have been born.  Click here to read the whole letter.

James Dalton  (June 25, 2016) My sincere thanks to the Historical Foundation for finding one more way to put our little villagewith great history (Deloro) on the map-Thank You

Marilyn Bullied Hinds: (June 15, 2016)  Thanks for sharing all your photos...totally love going back in time..

Dennis O'Connor:  (May 1, 2016) Marmora Historical Foundation: you're the best!

Nancy Gullage: ( April 29, 2016)

I love this site. Very proud to be born here and raising my family in this wonderful community :)

Elizabeth Berry (April 28. 2016)

Re:  Chronicles of a Village      Lovely story.  We used to visit Mrs. Bapty's house in Deloro in the 1970s when Sid and Lilly Lovegrove owned it.  Their son (brian lovegrove) worked one summer at Glen Allan Park and some of the park antiques went into that house and fit so well.  Lilly played the piano beautifully and Sid meticulously kept the gardens working out of his own greenhouse in the back.  Your wonderful story brought back happy memories and provided to help make a joyful morning.

Brenda Powell (April 14, 2016)

I am the great granddaughter of Samuel and Jennie Nobes. I found a picture of them on here. It's so nice to see pictures of family members. If you have more pictures of Samuel or the Nobes family I would love to see them.

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