Middleville & District Museum

11 Dec 2015

A Christmas Story from Middleville in 1880

It was customary to draw names in the community of Middleville near Christmas time so that everyone attending the Christmas concert received a gift.

One young man drew the name of 4 year old Ethel Allan. In the days before the concert,the young man found himself in the Perth jail due to a fit of jealousy. In his desire to get even with a rival for a young lady of the district, he had rashly set fire to his rival's barn.

While in jail, he remembered his obligation to the little girl and with great care and only a pen-knife (so the story goes), he carved this doll's bed as her gift.
By the way, he lost his young lady but he redeemed himself in the community.

2 Dec 2015

See You Saturday December 5

Great review of Claudia Smith's new book about Barns in the December issue of theHumm. Don't forget that you can meet Claudia this Saturday, Dec. 5 between 2 and 4 at the Middleville Community Centre. Hope to see you there.

24 Nov 2015

Local Barns

These are just a couple of local barns I happen to have on file. Imagine 198 more fascinating pictures of these iconic structures!

The Herb Garden

Kricklewood Farm

Exciting New Book from Claudia Smith

Barns, a Reflection of Changing Times …a new book by Claudia Smith

Barns evolved with a changing economy, from the log shanty
barns of first settlement, to the large timber-‐frame structures
of the dairy economy.

Featuring barns of eastern Ontario with a special focus on
Lanark County — a comprehensive look at the “heart of the
farm,” the structure and uses of barns, complete with barn
histories, anecdotes and over 200 photographs.

Just in time for Christmas!

Book Launch:

Sat. Dec. 5,
2:00 -‐ 4:00 p.m.,
Middleville Community Centre

12 Oct 2015

The Last Weekend of 2015

It seems hard to believe that we will close our doors today on another year. We would like to thank all of our visitors and volunteers for a wonderful season. From Family History Day to Apple Day your support has been tremendous.
In a couple of weeks we begin planning for next year so "watch this space " to see what we have up our sleeves for next year!

Congratulations to Sam who won First Place overall in the Apple Doll Contest with Harry Potter.
We even put our visitors to work pressing apples.
Thanks to Mrs. Killeen's class in Almonte for all the great apple dolls. 
All kinds of apples to press. The juice was delicious.
Our favourite young regular visitor gets in on the action!
Thanks for the music!

6 Oct 2015

Apple Dolls on Display

Apple dolls made by area students will be on display this Saturday at our season closing Apple Day celebrations. Come for the dolls, stay for the apple pie and Balderson Cheese or the fresh-pressed apple juice.

25 Sep 2015

Mark Your Calendars!

A Day at the Fair 2015

It was wonderful to see so many at the fair taking in the exhibits, the horse shows, the children's games, and enjoying  the great lunch and dinner. Thanks to everyone who stopped at the Museum tent to buy quilt tickets also.

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Marcia Bolger of Clayton. She is the happy winner of this year's quilt. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and to all who sold tickets for us. Your support is greatly appreciated.

21 Sep 2015

Lanark County Interval House Races to End Violence Against Women

Most often Lanark County Interval House writes about the horror women experience as a result of violence and their need to flee/run from violence.  This reality hasn’t ended but in an effort to extend our hand and help these women and their children reach their goals,  LCIH is happy to  have hosted their first eRace Violence walk/run/cycle event at the Middleville & District Museum in the Lanark Highlands this past Sunday September 13th! 

63 pre-registered runners, bikers and walkers, joined by some 13 intense souls who came out to register the morning of, braved the elements and took to the roads with smiles (or perhaps grimaces) but still all in support of the work of Lanark County Interval House!

Despite the rain, the wonderful team at the Middleville Museum along with the dedicated community volunteers made this event a true success, helping LCIH to raise almost $3000 in funds! These funds will stay right here in Lanark County to help local Women and Children flee violence. The success of this first race event highlights this community's commitment to the issues facing many women and their children in Lanark County - thank you.  

The event also included bake goods provided by the museum staff, Coutts Coffee,  prizes from many local business, race tech-shirts, mini massages for runners by Back on Track Physiotherapy, Yoga provided by Medicine Bird Studio, Fruit from Freshco and Water from Lanark Pure Water! The generosity from our community for this event was unbelievable! Participants included  mom’s with their kids, competitive runners & Cyclists and six brave duathlon participants (who ran 5.5km then cycled 16.3km followed by a 9.3km run before calling it a day!) This event honoured the strength and determination that women have to keep themselves and their children safe in an effort to cross their finish line to a life free of threat and violence.

We are grateful to the all who participated and supported this event!  We intend to make eRACE Violence an annual event and look forward to increasing participation from across the county in the years to come. If you have any questions please contact fundraising@lcih.com or visit LCIH.org



15 Sep 2015

Rainy Race Day

The eRace Violence race for Interval House was a great success. You can see for yourself by looking at these smiling faces.

9 Sep 2015

It's Almost Fair Time

Just a week and a half until the big day. We hope you have all of your Fair entries ready to drop off next Friday night! (Sept. 18) spend a day admiring all the exhibits and horse shows then wander over to the Museum before heading back for the best Turkey Dinner anywhere!
ps. Don't forget to get your tickets for the Quilt Draw taking place at 4:30 at the Fairgrounds. This is a major annual fundraiser for us so your support is greatly appreciated.

    Trophy donated by the T. Eaton Co. awarded to Alex Bowes for his prize-winning sheep.

Middleville Museum supports eRace Violence for Lanark County Interval House

12 Aug 2015

We Cracked It!

Last Sunday, at the Middleville and District Museum, the dastardly deed was done: Don and Mark Hagan cracked the oldTownship safe that originally came to the office about 1905.
The idea for holding a safe-cracking Museum event came from Middleville’s Emma Schonauer, eight years old, who visits the Museum often and became curious about what might be in the huge old safe. Thank you, Emma!
People from the area came to the Museum to watch the safe-cracking team at work – and work they did, patiently  drillingout the old lock. Everyone was invited to enter a draw by offering their best guesses about what would be found once the safe was opened. Frankly, no one was sure there’d be anything in there at all – but lo and behold, the rusty, dingy safe turned out to be full of all kinds of old records. The records, which at a glance seem to include receipts, bills and birth and death recordscan’t be examined closely at this point, as they are too fragile to be handled. The museum will be consulting people with expertise in preserving such material to explore the finds in more detail.
Joyce Tennant was the lucky winner of the draw, and was happy to be given a Museum T-shirt as her prize.
A big thanks to the Hagans; to Clarence Gemmill and Trevor Porteous for providing terrific music for the event; and to the community for coming out to take part in an historic Middleville moment.

    Mark Hagan behind the drilling.

    A rapt audience!


    Inside the safe - old Lanark Township documents dating from the 1800s.

    Joyce Tennant

    Don Hagan, Alice Borrowman, Emma Schonauer, Mark Hagan