“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



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.

          Archives walked!           Apr. 28th, our host disappeared.  Luckily she was found by the staff at Mac's.  Apparently she argued "They let meowt!"

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 very latest additions to the website:

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


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

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.


Belmont Lake                                                                                               Photo by Matt VanVolkenburg

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

                                                                                                                  Photo by Wayne Vanvolkenburg

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.

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






OUR LATEST ADDITION TO THE WEBSITE.  Read all about the history of our social heartbeat - The arena,  our doctors,  Nayler's Common and so much more to come.  So many more reasons for you to clean out your back cupboard and find those old photos! Click on the photo.



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


Find out which Deloro girl met Bob Hope.


"The settlement of Blairton between the years 1820 and 1874 had grown into a bustling little community. Named after a Scottish settler it boasted a railroad station, telegraph office, three general stores, two hotels and sundry blacksmith shops...The first and largest of the hotels, owned by William Bowen, was situated directly across the road. Two boarding houses and several livery stables made up the balance of the business establishments." Read More Here

Check out our other Sunday Drives


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

Dorothy Caverly wrote this week  "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."

In response to the "Yesterday's News"  story regarding three boys almost drowning,  Brock Cooper,  one of the boys (50 years later) wrote to say:           

"I remember that afternoon pretty well even though it was 50 years ago. I was reminded recently about the incident and thought how lucky we were that Jack Barker was around to help us. That water was sooooo cold and we were quite a ways from shore....we wouldn't have made it without any help. Stupid things kids do!!!!"
Brock Cooper, Kingston Ontario

Thanks,  Brock,  for staying in touch.

Shannon Caruso from Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Wow, what a find! I love your website! My grandfather grew up in Marmora and my mother and I are coming to visit your town in August (2015). We are trying to learn more about him and his adoptive mom, Nancy Culp Narrie and adoptive dad William Narrie. Anne Philpot has helped me immensely already! We live near Albuquerque, New Mexico, US......... I found a poem by Cora Bleecker written about  my grandfather's adoptive mom, Nancy (Culp) Narrie!!!  That is very special!!

Allan Stacey from Chelmsford, ON wrote: 

I accessed your Marmora Historical site  a short time ago and found it very interesting. It is a credit to small towns, villages, townships and counties that preserve their history and continue to search for the past. I made the comment to my good friend Dale Wilson, an indefatigable preserver of railway history, particularly in Northern Ontario, that new folks to Canada from wherever they come from, will be as much of the fabric of the country as those who came earlier in another century. By this token, those of us who beaver away at this  "history/ heritage stuff" are doing our part to ensure that those new folks, and our descendants, will have something to refer to when they suddenly discover what we have known and loved all along. 

I am enclosing again the article on Middleton Crawford which had been published in the July/August 2011 "Handcar", the bi-monthly newsletter of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre located in Capreol, Ontario.

Morris Edward McCaul: of Marmora wrote :

Both the site and the Historical Shop in downtown Marmora and Lake have given me a sense of how our ancestors forged out a living in this rugged country. I came to visit Marmora Village about 26 years ago, and ended up staying to raise my children. Thankyou for keeping us in touch with the History of Marmora and Lake.