Early 1900's - Marmora eastern shoreline at dam, showing Pearce sawmill and sawdust chimney, gold processing plant to left, overpass to right leading to stone grist mill on main street, soap factory on shore

 

"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                                                                  


 

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Our new digs above the library at 35 Forsyth St.

The Memorial Building (For more on the history of the Memorial Building, click here )

For over forty years, the Marmora Historical Foundation has been a part of our community. We thank our 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!

THE QUICK PEEK

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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

Who Are The Miners In Our Logo?

They are taken from a sketch by Susanna Moodie called "The First Mine in Ontario at Marmora

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.

Belmont Lake

Check out our Sunday Drives

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

MALONE TREASURE FINDS ITS WAY HOME…

Thanks to the thoughtfulness and kindness of Sandra Cain of Kanata, Ontario, a piece of Malone history has returned home, giving us some insight into years gone by.

Be sure to read our new story.

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WE HAVE A NEW SUNDAY DRIVE FOR YOU - STANWOOD

A nice drive on a sunny day,  south on the Preneveau Road (#50) and east on the 13th Concession will take you to the remains of the Village of Stanwood.  You can return to Marmora continuing east on the same road,  following your nose along Allan Mills Road,  Callaghan Rapids Road and the Tiffen Road back to the #7 Highway.

We have the inside scoop on the church,  the Orange Hall,  the store,  the school and the cemetery.  Read all about Stanwood on our website.

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BREAKING NEWS….

Thanks to the Archives of Ontario, we now have a sketch of the original 1828 bridge that spanned the Crowe River, north of the dam. built for Charles Hayes and the Iron Works.

It was the only crossing from the iron works to the west side of the river where the road passed through the quiet grounds of St. Matilda’s (click here)and on to what is now Norwood Road to head west.

BE SURE TO HAVE A LOOK! JUST CLICK HERE

WE’RE WORKING ON A NEW SECTION

HOUSES IN THE TOWNSHIP

pHOTO RECEIVED FROM kAREN gRAVELLE

IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL ABOUT A HOUSE IN THE TOWNSHIP, LET US KNOW - JUST CLICK HERE

IN THE MEANTIME, HERE’S A STORY ABOUT THE BRIGGS HOUSE AND THE BRIGGS-BONTER MILL- LOT 19, CONCESSION 5

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ALL ABOUT SPRINGBROOK

ANOTHER SUNDAY DRIVE

Born as a agricultural settlement, Springbrook was once a hive of activity with two hotels, a grain elevator, a cheese factory, a carriage shop, a blacksmith shop, and three general stores, two churches, an orange hall, and a school. While so much has disappeared, a Sunday Drive to Springbrook can still offer a peek at the old days.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT

 

LOOK WHO MADE HISTORY

RON PLAZIER

https://www.ronplaizier.com/

2018 - LOCAL MARMORA ARTIST, ONE OF 13 CANADIAN ARTISTS CHOSEN BY DUCKS UNLIMITED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO and  Ron is the only artist east of Manitoba. Ducks Unlimited will be having prints of his painting, "Gatekeeper", on display across Canada, for auction . All money raised is for Ducks Unlimited. Ron has a Home studio on Marble Point, where he enjoys talking to visitors and creating. He also has paintings in Tweed Art Gallery and Algonquin Park Art Gallery. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON RON

GO EAST, YOUNG MAN.

East of Marmora’s four corners, that is. While writer, Horace Greeley, may have advised young entrepeneurs to head west, Mr. Daniel Dunlay, in 1892, looked east in Marmora, purchasing the property at the south-west corner of Highway 7 and Bursthall Street. So began the spread of business to the east of Marmora. CLICK HERE to read about Mr. Dunlay and from there, you can click through to all our businesses east in Marmora

DISAPPEARING MARMORA!


110 Hastings Ave. Marmora, Ontario
The action shot above, posted by FC Dobbs, is a reminder to us all to capture today's images before they quickly disappear. If you have a "Disappearing Marmora" photo you want to share, be sure to send it to the Marmora Historical Foundation to add to our gallery.

 

A LITTLE BIT OF MARMORATON MINE HISTORY

This photo of a tool check tag was sent to us by Roy Osborne and is a reminder of daily life for the many Marmoraton Mine employees.

If you have any such paraphernalia or photos of mine employees, be sure to send them along and help us complete the picture. For more on Marmoraton employees, CLICK HERE

WHAT A GAS !

THE HISTORY OF SERVICE STATIONS IN MARMORA

Back in 2014,  when we first created our website,  Tom O'Neill wrote to say,  "In the sixties,  I can count 14 gas stations between the Ellis station to the east and Russ Pitman's to the west,  Beckers to the south and Tom Smith's to the north.  Now there are  three!!"                   

It's time to take stock!  

CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT OUR GAS STATIONS

 

   TAKE A TOUR DOWN MAIN STREET        

MARMORA'S ORIGINAL BUSINESS SECTION

Bert & grandmother, Mae Jones, Cora Hodge. THE HILL OF MCGILL STREET AT THE BACK

Starting in 1821,  with the development of the Iron Works at the dam area,  all of Marmora's business was taken care of by entrepreneurs on Main Street (explaining the name).  We don't have very many details,  but hope to build up an image of Marmora's first business section by slowing piecing together whatever information comes in.  Surrounding the furnaces were businesses set up to meet the needs of the population of 400 (mostly men) - carpenters,  hardware and dry goods, shoe makers,  inn keepers,  a grist mill,  a postmaster, blacksmiths and carriage makers - all located on Main street.                               

TO TAKE THE TOUR  CLICK HERE

 

Building Demolition      "Coachlight,  Ember's Restaurant"  By Doug Prindle

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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

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

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JAMES DALTON DONATES BOOK PROCEEDS TO THE MARMORA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

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$20.00  Available at the Historical Foundation info@marmorahistory.ca

The Leaky Raft: a village raises a child is a true story about a village,Deloro, a time and place where the story of being human is unfolded before our very eyes in the lives of two boys, James and David Dalton.  

We love your letters!

In the mailbox this week

On August 28th, 2019, Christine Leslie wrote: Originally born in South Africa, now living in California. I found information on this great site about my 3rd -great grandfather, Middleton Crawford. Amazing read - thank you.

On August 26, 2019 Jeff Armstrong wrote:

Great work on this site. Amazingly tough work by the settlers in this area. I have been frequenting Marmara, Blairton and Cordova for close to fifty years. It's always been a puzzle to me until I found this site. I always thought one of the pits for the Blairton mine was under water. When fishing there I see the rock face then realtivley flat to the water then drop off at the waters edge. Out from there between the four Islands of the bay there is a hole in the middle that drops down to about 35 feet. I thought when they built the dam in Marmara it flooded the mine and surrounding land. Would like to see what the lake, the shape of it and where the original mouth of the river entered the lake. I know I can still find the river bed out in the swampy bay that lies outside the current river mouth.

August 19, 2019 Gregorio Iturregui wrote: From Las Bodas, an old mining area of León, Spain
I thank you for your excellent work.
I am investigating the water tube, following the trail of the illustrious Mr. CH Taylor. For your knowledge, there is a water tube in the Herrería de Compludo, León.
http://patrindustrialquitectonico.blogspot.com/2012/04/la-herreria-de-compludo-ponferrada-leon.html
An installation that keeps working to the delight of those who admire the heritage of ingenuity received from our elders.
todolomejortambienesposible@gmail.com

August 15, 2019 Jacob Nekrassov Thank you very much for creating this web site and gathering so much information about Marmora and Canadian mining history

On May 18, 2019, Jordan L. Bergereau wrote:

Truly impressed with your website, and the amazing efforts and results obtained when people in a relatively small community work together with a common goal. You are a shining example to other communities who may be planning something similar. I have noticed that smaller communities such as yours, are able to maintain the friendly-ness and open acceptance of visitors and newcomers. You are able to inspire members of your community to engage in a variety of efforts that benefit all. Much of this seems to fade away, when a village or town becomes larger. Keep it up!

Jordan

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