Heritage & Museums
The City of Kawartha Lakes offers a range of very unique cultural facilities throughout our municipality. Members of the community are encouraged to visit the various historical societies and museums available in order to learn more about our background, heritage and history.
Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society and Beaver River Museum
Learn about the history and settlers of Beaverton, Thorah and Eldon at the Beaver River Museum (old stone jail, log house, and Victorian brick house. c. 1850 –1900).
Special events, displays, tours and educational programs throughout the year. For group tours or for access to our archives and genealogy resources, please book an appointment.
Interesting speakers on the fourth Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm (excluding July, August and December). All Welcome.
Call for hours of operation.
Beaver River Museum, 284 Simcoe St., Beaverton
Boyd Heritage Museum
Built in 1889, the building which now houses the museum was home to The Boyd Lumber Co., The Trent Valley Navigation Co., and the private school for the Boyd children. A 19 year old pioneer, Mossom Boyd, arriving in the 'back lakes' of Upper Canada in 1833, becoming The Lumber King of The Trent Valley is explained throughout the Museum. Tools and log shanties to exquisite textiles and lavish homes, we follow two generations of the Boyd family.
21 Canal St. Bobcaygeon, 705-738-9482
For hours of operation, visit www.theboydmuseum.com
Historic Station Gallery of Fenelon Falls
Art Gallery and Gift shop featuring a great selection of art and crafts by local artists located at the Fenelon Falls Heritage Train Station. Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Stained Glass, Stoneware Pottery Sculpture and more.
Hours: Opening Victoria Weekend
May & June: Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
July & August 7 days a week 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Address: 103 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls
Highlands Cinema & Museum
On the border of the Kawarthas and the Haliburton Highlands, this village of 300 boasts an unusual demographic; More movie theatre seats than people. Highlands Cinemas, a 500-seat complex with five theatres showing first-run movies, has drawn customers from the surrounding area for more than two decades.
Hidden in a bit of bush, on the hill just outside the village limits, it looks like an average two-storey house. The only hint is a small marquee that’s largely obscured. The large reupholstered seats, the thick velvet curtains and the ornate wall coverings take older patrons down memory lane and give the younger crowd a chance to experience bygone days. “Going to the movies used to be an event, so that’s what we’ve recreated here” said Stata. Stata who runs from theatre to theatre to start each movie, uses movie projectors dating to the mid-1950’s, which he swears are better than any that are built today.
“The picture is sharp, the colors true, and they don’t break down like the newer ones” he said. For many cottagers in the surrounding 80-kilometre radius, a visit to Stata’s theatre has become a theatre tradition.
Address: North on Main Street, Highway 121 Kinmount
Horseless Carriage Museum
The Horseless Carriage Museum is a unique, private museum featuring the life-long collection of Richard Bennett. Located on County Rd. 8 between Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls. It features pre- 1914 transportation and memorabilia and collection or rare and unusual turn-of-the-century mechanical antiquities. The 1895 Sawyer & Massey is the oldest operating Steam Traction engine of its kind. The 1899 Stanley Steam Car is the oldest running car in Canada. The 1878 Penny Farthing made by James Starley is the oldest Canadian-manufactured bicycles. The 1895 Red Bird No. 1 from Bradford and the 1897 Evans & Dodge Maple Leaf bicycle from Windsor.
A one hour tour of the museum, highlights include a delightful and informative demonstration of the mechanical music machines. Please allow time to browse and explore the Horseless Carriage 1890’s General Store. Our local treats and sweets and selection of handmade one-of-a-kind gifts will please anyone. Group and bus tours are available.
Open daily May to October by appointment. Please call ahead
Address: 1427 County Rd. 8, Fenelon Falls
Telephone: 705-738-9576 E-Mail: email@example.com
Kawartha Settler’s Village
A nine acre monument to the proud past of Bobcaygeon and the northern Kawarthas, the village-style assembly of historic homes and buildings comes alive throughout the year with arts and craft programs and special events.
Open mid June - August & November for the Festival of Trees
Address: 85 Dunn St., Bobcaygeon, 705-738-6163
Kinmount Model Railway and Museum
The Kinmount Model Railway and Museum is located in the agent's office and baggage room of the preserved Kinmount railway station at Kinmount, Ontario. (The waiting room is a tourist information office.)
Kinmount was the third major stop on the former Lindsay-Haliburton CNR line, north of Fenelon Falls and Burnt River; 33 miles (53 km) from Lindsay, and 22 miles (35 km) from Haliburton.
This model railway group congregates from the surrounding area including from Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Burnt River, Bobcaygeon, Irondale and Wilberforce. Some of the volunteers are also members of the Lindsay & District Model Railroaders, a club that has some of the same aims as the Kinmount group.
The Kinmount group operates informally, but is uniformly focused on the maintenance, operation and improvement of the layout on display. The volunteers contribute their various skills to keep the exhibit going. Automation of the layout's operation has enabled the guides on duty to spend more time with their public. There are plans to automate a siding to permit simultaneous operation of two trains, and renewal of the track and scenery is an ongoing project. The group's informal meetings are also an opportunity for a social get-together among shared interests.
As the layout is an historical display, a constant effort is made to represent the modelled era as faithfully as possible. New volunteers are always welcome; there is no fee to belong!
For Hours of Operation & More Information, visit www.kinmountrailwaymuseum.com
Kinmount Pioneer Society
On Labour Day weekend, the Pioneer Heritage Complex and its Gardens at Kinmount Fair come alive with A Celebration of textiles. Featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations led by local artists. Natural textiles include articles or linen, wool, cotton, silk and any other fibrous material that might be woven or stitched. The methods to work the material used have not changed substantially over the millennia. Exhibits at the Fair will highlight a wide variety of textile crafts and include knowledgeable resource people. Local collectors and experts will display examples from their own collections. Demonstrations will encourage visitors to explore the variety and wonder of the handmade textile arts and to learn more about how textiles are made and why they are important. In addition to the textile crafts of weaving, quilting, rug-hooking, tatting, knitting, crocheting, and lacemaking, there will be many people demonstrating their skills in a wide variety of crafts. Among them are woodworkers, leather and glass crafters, doll, print and harness-makers, painters, a bookbinder, and a blacksmith.
Contact: Louise Zandstra 705-488-2159
Kirkfield and Area Historical Society and Museum
Located at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kirkfield, the museum chronicles the railway builder Sir William McKenzie and other prominent families, the Kirkfield Quarry, the historic Kirkfield Liftlock and items from the past including photos. Of special interest is a working model of the old quarry. The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4.00 pm, from the first weekend in July through Thanksgiving weekend in October. Admission is by donation.
For Society events and other information including membership, refer to our website at www.kirkfieldhistoricalsociety.com
Address: Portage Road (Hwy 48) Kirkfield
Telephone: 705-426-2785 or 705-438-3543
Manvers Township Historical Society
Formed in 1983 the township is comprised of Ballyduff, Bethany, Bethel, Brunswick, Burton, Drum, Fallis, Fleetwood, Franklin, Janetville, Lifford, Lotus, Manvers Station, McCrea’s Corners, New Park, Pontypool, Sandy Hook, Yelverton and View Lake. The society endeavors to hold community events and educational classes as well as preserve our local history.
Contact: Kathy Morton 705-277-2751
Maryboro Lodge Museum – The Fenelon Museum
An extensive collection that details the evolution of the area from pre-settlement to the early 1900s exhibited in an 1837 home in a magnificent park setting on Cameron Lake. Changes in the environment and the lives of residents are echoed in artifacts and photographs.
Open May to October
Address: 50 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls, ON, 705-887-1044
Omemee and District Historical Society
The Society has been revitalized in 2000 and now boasts more than 35 members. Regular meetings are held on the second Sunday of the month from September to June at 2:00 pm in Coronation Hall. Please call in advance to confirm the meetings as alternate dates are sometimes chosen due to conflicts with other activities. The Society takes an active role in Omemee’s Pioneer/Canada Day.
President: Marilyne Fisher-Heasman
The Sheddon Area Historical Society
This Society pertains to the communities of the Village of Victoria Road, Coboconk, Norland, Burnt River and Rosedale. Meetings are held at the Coboconk Train Station – dates to be announced. The Train Station was rebuilt after a fire in 1908 and has been relocated to the Laidlaw Heritage Village.
For further information contact Barb Curry and 705-454-1878 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria County Historical Society
Created in 1957 and incorporated in 1976, the Society is a Non Profit Charitable Corporation mandated to preserve the history of the County of Victoria –now the City of Kawartha Lakes. Housing a collection of early Victoria County artifacts, and featuring the McCrea collection of hand-made models of pioneer-era buildings and bridges.
Address: 50 Victoria Ave. North, Lindsay
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