Heritage Park Museum
Located at 2 Little Rapids Road, approximately 5 km north of Thessalon, just off Highway 129, next to the Thessalon Township Community Centre. Hours of Operation: July and August, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day. Admission is by donation. Established in 1977, the Heritage Park Museum offers a glimpse of what life would have been like for those living in the area over 100 years ago: authentic displays and buildings include a general store, a chapel, the blacksmith shop, a drive shed, the schoolhouse and a pioneer home.
The Park plays host to the annual Country Fair and Silent Auction held on the Monday of the Civic Holiday weekend in August, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Highlights include live, local music, amazing cooking and baking, a tractor show, children’s activities, vendors, historical displays, and demonstrations of blacksmith skills. During the off-season the Park is available for group tours, weddings, or other events, by appointment only. Contact Mary Anne MacDonald (Museum Curator) at 705-842-2722. The Heritage Park Museum is wholly owned and operated by the Thessalon Township Heritage Association. Geo-location information
Iron Bridge Historical Museum
Located at 1 James Street, Iron Bridge, on the south side of Highway 17. Hours of Operation: June: Thursday-Monday; Open Daily July (including Canada Day, July 1) and August, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. September Hours: Thursday-Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed for the season Sunday, September 22/19. Public Washrooms are available throughout the season from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. for the entire season from Victoria Day Weekend.
Weekly Farmers’ Markets are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., from early July to late September. Facilities include accessible public washrooms, picnic tables and the covered gazebo provides a shady spot for a picnic lunch and houses the Saturday Farmers’ Market. The Museum also hosts exhibitions by local artists and special historical displays during the summer months. A free children’s arts program, supplies included, is also offered periodically throughout the summer months. Check with the Municipal Office for dates.
The museum was first established in 1974 when grant funding was secured to allow a group of students to refurbish a timber structure building, the John and Sandy MacDougall homestead, dating from ca. 1879, formerly located at the family farm in Sowerby. This cabin is now the main museum building.
Visit this museum to view artifacts and learn about the history of the earliest settlers to the Iron Bridge area. A recent addition to the museum property is the Tulloch-Carlyle log house.
This house and its interior depicts the original home as it appeared prior to 1939, formerly located on Tait Road in Bright Township. Geo-location information