Middleville & District Museum

14 Apr 2015

Opening Day

It won't be long one before we open our doors for the season. Come and visit us starting Saturday May 16!

11 Aug 2014

Guns of August

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  On Saturday, August 16, from 1 to 4 pm, the Middleville Museum will present a picture of what the war meant to small towns in Eastern Ontario - particularly, to people who lived in and around Middleville at the beginning of the second decade of the 20th century.

2 Jul 2014

Highlands Heritage Day - In motion

Once again the village of Middleville should be your family destination on July 5, 2014, 9:00 - 4:00, for the second annual Highlands Heritage Day - in motion. 

The Middleville and District Museum and the Middleville Agricultural Society will take you back in time to catch a glimpse of the life and celebrate the accomplishments of Lanark settlers in the highlands in the late 1800s and early 1900s .

At the Museum you will see demonstrations of many homecrafts such as weaving, bobbin lace making, rug hooking and spinning. You may be surprised to discover what animal "hair" is being spun into yarn.

The fair grounds will be host to a myriad of old tractors, trucks, hit-and-miss engines and other interesting farm equipment, with working demonstrations.

Children can participate in traditional heritage games such as a sack race . The "older children"  can compete in x-cut saw, nail driving and kettle boil competitions.

Entertainment will be on hand at the fairgrounds and both locations will have refreshments available for a small price. Be sure to stay for the ham and beans supper at 4:00.

Parking is free and a "taxi" wagon will shuttle you between the parking area and the two sites.

See you in Middleville!

15 Jun 2014

Where to Buy "By Word of Mouth"

We recently launched Claudia Smith's new book By Word Of Mouth at our Season Opening Tea. If you haven't got your copy yet, it is now being sold at several locations for $14.95. You can pick up a copy at the Middleville and District Museum, The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Mill Street Books in Almonte, The Book Nook in Perth, or The Lanark Era. If you can't make it to any of these locations, you can also purchase it online by emailing maborrowman@gmail.com. Shipping and handling will be applied to those ordering it online.

23 May 2014

Family History Day

Do you have family history in Lanark County? If so, you're in luck! Sunday, June 22 will be The Middleville and District Museum's very first Family History Day. David Murdoch, our Board member and experienced genealogist will be on hand to provide ancestry information for families with Lanark County roots. If there are artifacts in the museum that are related to your family history, we can direct you to see them. We would like to make this event a 'show & tell', so if you have any family documents or photos, feel free to share them. Entry is free of charge and donations are always welcome. Tea, coffee, and snacks will be available upon donation. The event will be held from 1-4 pm at The Middleville and District Museum.

On the same day, we are partnering with the Middleville Community Centre for their Strawberry Social, which will be held from 12-2 pm. There will be a barbeque lunch, strawberry shortcake, and refreshments for sale. There will also be musical entertainment provided by Alberta and Friends and balloon animals and face painting for children. All of the proceeds will go towards kitchen improvements at the Middleville Community Centre.

Why not spend the afternoon of Sunday, June 22nd in the friendly village of Middleville? Hope to see you there!

Pictured is Wendy Phillips, a former board member and frequent visitor who likes to play violin for our guests.

18 May 2014

Open for the Season


This year our Season Opening Tea appropriately fell on International Museum Day, May 18th, May being Museum Month. It promises to be another great season with many planned events throughout the summer and fall.  We hope you will join us.

June 22 —  Family History Day:  Let us help you research your family history.
July 5 — Heritage Day "In Motion"
August 17 — Guns of August:  100th Anniversary of WWI.  How the Great War affected our community.
September 13 — Middleville Fall Fair: "The Tradition Continues"
October 12 — Apple Festival: Celebrating local and heritage apples!

17 May 2014

Claudia Smith Book Launch and Opening Tea

The Opening Tea on Sunday, May 18, starts another great season of the Middleville Museum with a special event.

We are proud to present a new book by Claudia Smith - an acclaimed author of local history.

By Word of Mouth , the newest addition to a long list of books written by Ms. Smith is an anthology of her work written for the Lanak Era over the last 23 year.

Please join us for the Book Launch and signing on May 18, 1-4pm at the museum.

6 Oct 2013

Thanksgiving in Lanark highlands

Aah, the crisp clean air, the warm sunshine of dog days, the unmistakable smell of fall, a key of geese in the bright blue sky, and all punctuated by the spectacular fall colours.  It's what makes autumn in Ontario worth putting up with the winter in Ontario, and no place better to experience it than a drive through the Lanark highlands - where maples abound and small towns welcome you.
Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional closing weekend for the Middleville & District Museum so we invite you to combine your drive through the stunning fall colours of the Lanark Highlands with a visit to the Middleville & District Museum.  Enjoy hot apple cider and treats, as well as videos from days gone by.  Thanksgiving Friday through Monday 1-4pm.  

The Museum will close until Victoria Day weekend but we always welcome your inquiries at 613-259-5462 or middlevillemuseum@gmail.com

20 Sep 2013

2013 Quilt Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Marilyn Hagan of Perth for winning this year's beautiful Log Cabin Quilt.  Marilyn bought the winning ticket at Perth Independant where she works.  Thank you to all the museum supporters who worked on this project - from the ticket sellers to quilters.
We also send our gratitude to all the folks who purchased tickets and made this fundraiser another successful one.  The 2014 fundraising quilt project is already underway.  If you would like to contribute a block to this community endeavour contact us at middlevillemuseum@gmail.com or phone 613-259-5462.  Looking forward to another beautiful quilt in 2014.

19 Sep 2013

A Glimpe of the 2013 Middleville Fair

Fall days don't get any better than the one we had on September 14th 2013 for the Middleville Agricultural Fair.  A crisp, blue sky day that makes you glad to be alive. 
This is the day, of course, when the fundraiser quilt which has been lovingly made and displayed all summer long finds its "forever home" - this year Marilyn Hagan of Perth was the lucky winner.  But most of all we look forward to Fair day for the community of it, meeting with friends and neighbours close and distant. 

If you happened to miss the fair this year, or if you were there and want to relive it, watch this video by videographer and community supporter, Paul Weber of Ottawa.  It'll make you eager for next year's fair.

28 Jun 2013

Tipsy is back - July 6, 2013

Highlands Heritage Day "In Motion" on July 6th.

Tipsy the dog will once again help Alice Borrowman churn butter at the Highlands Heritage Day "In Motion" on July 6th.  The museum will also be demonstrating some of the old-time washing machines from its collection as well as showing other domestic arts such as quilting, tatting, bobbin lace, rug hooking and an all day sheep-to-shawl demonstration.  You will be able to try your hand at some of these crafts as well as enjoy refreshments at a Tea Room in the new museum courtyard.  Admission is $5 and includes both the Fairgrounds and the museum venues.
Tipsy the butter churning dog
Tipsy and Alice Borrowman churn butter.

25 Jun 2013

Alice Borrowman on Lake 88

 Today's Local Radio
Alice Borrowman talks to Ian Sutton of Lake 88.  They discuss the museum's history, the expansion project and OTF grant as well as the upcoming "Heritage Day in Motion".

Listen to the interview

New Wing of Middleville Museum Soars as it Opens to Public

The Grand Opening event was a resounding success. As guests meandered  throughout the newly renovated and expanded museum, many seeing certain exhibits and artifacts for the first time, sounds of delight emanated from every corner of the place.
The official ceremonies began at 2:00pm with a blessing of the building by Rev. Rod Bennett of the United Church. We then heard from Ontario Trillium Foundation's Gordon Munro as he congratulated the Museum Board and volunteers on the work done, and then presented a plaque to Museum Chair, Alice Borrowman and Mayor Peter McLaren.  He was followed by Lanark County Warden, Bill Dobson; the Mayor, Peter McLaren; Councilman, Bob Sutcliffe; Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Michael Rikley-Lancaster; Lanark Archives' Marylin Snedden; Each speaker also expressing high praise and admiration.  Alice Borrowman neatly finished off the speaches before the official ribbon cutting by volunteers extraordinaire Bob McKay and Jim Muise.
And before the crowd was once more free to wander the premises, discover more treasures, and reminisce, Alice along side Norville Wilson, whose mother was one of the founders of the museum, took an opportunity to cut the ceremonial cake.  The cake was then served by it's bakers, Eilena and Aprile Dempsey of Eilena's Fabulous Cakes.  The ceremony was a reunion of sorts to the many diaspora who have roots in the area but it also was a great opportunity for those new to the community to discover the museum and the great wealth of preserved heritage it guards and promotes.
So folks, even if you were here on June 23 and poked around the many rooms, chances are great you only saw a tiny portion of what's in store so we hope to see you again and again, and with your friends in tow.
Visit our photo gallery for more pictures of the June 23 event and construction progress.

Guests were welcomed with the sound of bagpipes played by Lee Welsh
Gordon Munro of OTF was among those who praised the work done at the Museum
Scores of museum supporters were on hand to take part in the festivities

3 Jun 2013

Middleville & District Museum celebrates opening of new wing - June 23

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony June 23, 2013 1-4pm

Yes it's true, the museum opened its doors for the season Victoria Day weekend, and yes there were treats, and our beautiful 2013 fundraiser quilt was unveiled, and lots of people attended to marvel at the transformation of the museum over the winter.  That's all true, but we are so excited about the project and its completion, that we want to really celebrate and thank the people who made it possible.  So on June 23, 2013 please join us in celebrating the new wing and the folks who helped make it happen.  Enjoy free admission to the museum, and no celebration is complete without treats.  The Reception starts at 1:00pm and will run through to 4:00pm with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony taking place at 2:00pm.

We hope to see you there!

29 May 2013

2013 Fundraiser Quilt Unveiled

This year's fundraiser quilt is is another,100% cotton, old-fashioned Log Cabin Scrap Quilt, and again this year it is a community effort, with 26 individuals taking part in its making.  It is a traditional Log Cabin quilt where red centres in each block symbolize the hearth.  Building on the "Barn Raising" pattern, the blocks are arranged with a "Crystal Star" in the centre in celebration of the completion of the Museum expansion project of 2012-2013. 

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the museum as well as different events and location throughout the summer.  Keep an eye out here for news of locations.  The draw will take place at the Middleville Fair on Saturday, September 14, at 4:00.


18 May 2013

Season Opening Tea - May 19, 1-4pm

It's Victoria Day Long Weekend..... and that means it's Opening Tea time at the museum.  It's also apple blossom time in the Lanark Highlands and a lovely time for a leisurely drive through the area.  We'll be waiting for you with a cuppa, some tasty treats and the unveiling of our fundraiser quilt. See you soon!

Season Opening Tea
Sunday, May 19, 1:00-4:00pm

 This season we have extended our hours and will be open:
May 19 through Thanksgiving Weekend - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays 1-4pm

28 Apr 2013

Gearing up for the opening

Less than a month till the doors open for the season and all hands are on deck getting the museum ready for the new season.  A multitude of volunteers put in boundless amounts of energy and time to ensure that our expansion project comes off without a hitch.  It's been a long winter of building, painting and moving exhibits but the results are staggering.  Opening tea is scheduled for Victoria Day Sunday as usual so mark May 19th 1-4pm in your calendars.  And of course the community has created another beautiful quilt to be raffled off at the Middleville Fair this september.  Looking forward to seeing everyone back and enjoying the new museum.

16 Oct 2012

Closed for the Season

The 2012 season is officially over but the museum is always open by appointment.  
613 259-5462  or maborrowman@gmail.com

The long awaited move

Settlers' log cabin
1830's settlers' log cabin being move to its new location at the Middleville Museum
This 1830's log cabin, typical of what settlers would have built upon arriving in their new land, was dismantled log by log and reassembled inside the new wing of the museum.  It will be the backdrop for the depiction of the original local settlers' lives.

16 Aug 2012

Raise the Roof Barn Dance

barn dance posterWe’re celebrating our exciting building expansion with an evening bash of dancing and grub - held in the new addition before we fill it with exhibits - so join us in raising the roof and raising some funds!!  

Raise the Roof Barn Dance

Saturday, September 8th  6-10pm
$10 per person,  $25 per family
Tickets at the door

It will be a family event of old time music, country dancing and chili.  Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary, so spread the word and bring the whole family.

A $100,000 grant received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation made it possible to start the expansion project, which will enable us to better protect and display the rich collection of Lanark heritage.  There is however a shortfall which we need to fill.  This fundraiser will help us reach that goal.

6 Aug 2012

Middleville & District Museum congratulates Lanark Village on its 150th anniversary

We joined the parade in a 1912 horse and buggy, called a surrey.  The surrey was restored by James Coupland, and we thank Bob Reid, the owner of this treasure, for sharing it with us. 
Wendy Phillips serenades the crowds with her fiddle playing as the parade winds its way from Civitan Hall to Maplegrove School.

1 Jul 2012

Time Capsule - Hide a surprise for future generations

Happy Canada Day!  A beautiful, sunny Lanark Highlands summer day.  As we continue to preserve our local history, it is with future generations in mind.  Imagine the fun they will have years from now as they open our "time capsule". Think geo-caching except we'll save you the trouble of the search - it's at the Middleville & District Museum!! Lat-Long: 45.099442,-76.398196
The building project is progressing swiftly now so visit us soon and contribute a small article for this project - be it a poem, pressed flower, your favourite recipe, whatever strikes your fancy - before the walls close in.  

29 Jun 2012

Expansion project in full swing

new addition
Roof trusses are being installed on the museum addition.

After some delays the expansion project is back in business.  Here we are coming up to Canada Day weekend and the addition is really starting to take shape.  The construction activity is taking up much of the grounds but we are open as usual.   

new addition

22 May 2012

Fundraiser quilt revealed

Middleville & District Museum fundraiser quilt 2012
The opening tea on Sunday was the first opportunity to view and purchase raffle tickets for our 2012 fundraiser quilt.  As usual, the quilt project was a community effort and a great way to connect with neighbours and meet new friends.  This year we decided to do a Log Cabin quilt again but this time, in celebration of the expansion project, it's arranged in the barn raising pattern.  We all agree that it's beautiful and think that you will agree.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the museum and various outlets throughout the summer until the draw in September.  For further info call Alice at (613) 259-5462.  See more pictures here

We're open for the season

Another great season at the MDM has begun.  We are open every weekend until Thanksgiving or by appoingtment (613)-259-5462 so there is plenty of opportunity to come explore the exhibits, do geneological research or check in on the progress of our expansion project. 
See you soon!

13 May 2012

Opening Tea May 20, 1- 4pm

The traditional Victoria Day Opening Tea is much anticipated this year as we look forward to a busy season.  Join us on May 20, 1- 4pm to celebrate our expansion project.  Submit something to our time capsule.  Witness the unveiling of our fundraiser quilt.  Enjoy some fine refreshments.

27 Mar 2012

Work on expansion has begun

Shovels hit the ground this week so the expansion is a reality.  There should be a spiffy new addition by the time the musuem opens its doors for the season on Victoria weekend. How grand.

5 Mar 2012

Fundraiser Quilt 2012 in the works

Fundraiser quilt 2012 - barn raising arrangement of log cabin blocks
Work on this year's fundraiser quilt has been quietly going on all winter as a group of museum supporters have been piecing their blocks.  Last weekend several of us met to assemble the 48 log cabin blocks into a "barn raising" pattern.  Next step, quilting bee.

27 Feb 2012

Ontario Trillium Foundation helps our museum grow

In 2011 the museum was bestowed a fully-restored 1918 Chevrolet truck.  The donation came from family of the late Clive Rodger who did the restoration.  So what does one do in the face of such a gift when, in the words of Alice Borrowman, curator and board chair, there isn’t room for a dinky toy let alone a truck?  One thinks big - it’s time to expand.  Thanks to a $100,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, work on the 50’x56’ addition will begin in March. It will be a welcome expansion to the museum which is quite overcrowded with a wealth of artifacts.  Among other unique and “oversized” items looking for a safe and sound home is a settler’s log cabin built in the 1830s - check back for further details.
So, it’s fixing to be a busy few months here at the Middleville & District Museum.  Check back for updates on our progress, opportunities to help out, or just enjoy the activities.

8 Sep 2011

Reunion results in new material at Museum

One of the great side benefits of the recent School Reunion is that the histories compiled by each school will be available at the Middleville & District Museum for public reading and research by the end of September. Also coming to the Museum this fall is a collection of stories about school and community life in Middleville. An idea propelled by the reunion and compiled by Ruth Affleck Thomson.

School Reunion a Huge Success

As the ads for the Lanark Township School Reunion promised, there were many smiles and yes, even a blush or two at the August 21st event sponsored by the Middleville & District Museum. Many hands (and heads) went into the planning and execution of the reunion and the Museum owes a vast amount of gratitude to so many who helped in making the day a success. Hundreds of people attended, showing community spirit by coming from all over the continent. Winner of the prize for “travelled farthest” was Ruth Laroque Ewing from Victoria, BC, who attended Bulloch’s SS#3. Runner up was former Ferguson’s Falls school student, John Hollinger, who traveled from Colorado.
The fundraiser schoolhouse quilt and pillows (one for each school) were popular. Thank you to all who purchased tickets, your support is greatly appreciated and the generous funds raised will be a boost to the many projects planned by the Museum.
Winners of pillows were: 

  • D. Willows – Boyd’s SS#11, former student
  • Gordon Stewart – Pine Grove SS#4, former student
  • C McNeely – Ferguson Falls SS#8,former student
  • Harold Mather – Middleville SS#6,former student
  • Sheila Stanfield – Galbraith SS#10, former student
  • Karen Ennis – Herron’s Mills SS#5, former student
  • Mary Ramsbottom – Rosetta SS#9, former student
  • Earl Bowes – Hopetown SS#13, former student
  • Joan Craig - Bulloch’s SS#3, former teacher
  • Edythe Moulton - James’s SS#12, former teacher

Winner of School Reunion quilt, Dorothy (James) Code.
The winner of the grand prize, a handmade community quilt depicting the ten one-room schoolhouses, was former James’s School student Dorothy (James) Code. Congratulations to all.