“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?


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 alook! 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!


Who do you know who is or was a talented person in his field?  If so,  tell us. 


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



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


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

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



McGill Street in Marmora, believe it or not, was named after a man born as Peter McCutcheon. (August 1789 – September 28, 1860) As Peter McCutcheon, he arrived in Montreal from Scotland in 1809 and became a furrier's assistant. Montreal was the premier commercial city of Canada. It was a place of opportunity and McCutcheon was not one to miss an opportunity. Over the next ten years he realized that the key to the growth of the country would be transportation and manufacturing, not just the sale of furs. When he later became known as Peter McGill, he would invest in canals, steamships & railways, and he would lose a large sum of money in the Marmora Ironworks started by Charles Hayes.

Click here for the whole story.


     Click here to sample the art of NADINE WELSH, 

creator of CRAZY FOR COOKIES  

"On a trip to New York about 18 years ago I came across a small bakery that specialized in decorated sugar cookies and fell in love with these unique one of a kind works of art. "

Shanick Was Moved?


At the intersection of Beaver Creek Rd. & Centre Line Road was Shanick's first postmaster, James Bailey. Since he ran the post office here, the intersection was referred to as Shanick, even though the Shanick community was much further north, up the Beaver Creek. In 1885, however, the post office closed and did not open again until 1894 when Peter Sheridan took over the post master's job. Luckily for Shanick, Mr. Sheridan lived in the community of Shanick, so the village could claim its own name back.

Click here to read more about Mr. Bailey,  North Marmora and Shanick




In October of 1937,  amid criticism and protest,  council gave its approval to remove the beloved120 yr. old elm at the corner of Forsyth St.  and the #7 Highway.   The protesters included letter writers,  essayists and Crowe Lake Poet Cora Bleecker.


"And so had come the parting of the ways.         Should it be slain in venerated age?           Be left to finish out its length of days,        Or die,  a victim of the Speed-King's rage?"




The Murder,  the hunt,  the burial and the Gallows.............

In1859,  the Hastings Chronicle of Belleville wrote:  “The community was last week startled by the intelligence that Mr. Robert D. Dickie, a most respectable Scottish settler on the Hastings Road, in this County, was on Monday, 10th, deliberately robbed and murdered, at his premises in the Township of Lake."   Click here to read the story of the murder and the confession of Samuel Rock at the gallows.



Yesterday's news today is only possible thanks to the Marmora Herald and its predecessor,  the Marmora Advocate. 







The Crawford/Shannon house, located at 55 Madoc Street in Marmora,  was built in 1890 for Laughlin Crawford by Patrick Shannon in the days when lumber was very plentiful. A typical frame house of the time, it has many fine features, especially in the living room.  Patrick Shannon was known to have built at least four houses in Marmora before he left for Seattle, Washington State, following the death of his first wife. On settling there, he joined two of his brothers, Doctors James Shannon and William Shannon, who became eminent physicians and surgeons.   Another brother, Daniel Shannon, remained in Marmora.


Click here to find out more about other Marmora house


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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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

James Daly Oct. 1, 2015

I'm from Havelock originally, now I live in Hamilton. I love your page!! The history, I had no idea that happened, in industry in Marmora region at that time was amazing. Keep up the great work, James

Victor Hartry Sept. 25, 2015    My wife and I moved to Marmora 13 years to 83 Forsyth Street which we have been told was called the Brady House. If anyone knows the history of the house we would be very interested in any information. victor.hartry@sympatico.ca.

Glenda Duncan Sept 24 2015 Just came across this site and look forward to exploring it. My grandfather was an early inhabitant of Marmora, Manley and Myrtle Lavender. Myrtle died young so I would love to run across pictures or stories of her.
Thanks, Glenda Duncan

Craig & Joyce Sept 22, 2015 Enjoyed your site. Especially liked the poetry of Elizabeth Berry.

Dolores Buckle wrote on Sept. 2, "Marmora has a fascinating history.  Thank you for bringing it to us."

On Sept. 1, 2015,  Shirley Pressick wrote " Love the stories, lived here most of my life and the history you put up is so interesting. I really enjoy looking for your new things. Thank you."

Joy Laury writes:     Very nice. I wish I could get up to Marmora. My Family is from there, MCFall, or McFaul depending on the census taker. Would love to find Annie White McFall and Patrick McFall her husband in the Grave yard - Thanks

Karla Witteveen wrote:  I grew up in Marmora and so did my father,  Carl Gray. It is a nice place. I stayed there until my dad passed away in 1980. I go back there every couple years to pay my respects to all my relatives in the Graveyard and to see how the town is doing.  My dad's Dad and mom were Lorne and Cassie Gray. The house I believe is still standing on Center Line Road  My Grandfather was in WWI,   and 3 of my uncles were in WW2.  Dad was in the Korean War

There was Lily, Irvin ,Joe Harold, Dave, Donny John and my dad Carl. These were the children of Lorne and Cassie Gray . When you go down center line road their house was the second on the left uncle Joe's was the first house

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.