First rural library in ON!!
The Dalhousie Historic Library became the first Public Library in the old Bathurst District and the first rural library in ON. It was established in 1828. Now a Museum, it contains many old books and artifacts from days past, as well as genealogical records. It is housed in the Watson's Corners Community Hall.
80 George Street, P.O. Box 340,
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
Wednesday - Sunday
July 2 ‑ September 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A Link with Lanark’s Heritage – Past, Present and Future.
The Lanark and District Museum houses displays of tools, clothing and artifacts collected from Lanark area pioneer homes, as well as a library of Canadiana books and Genealogy Records, which includes the only complete set of Lanark Eras available (1895-2000). These may be read on microfilm at the Perth Campus of Algonquin College or at Archives Lanark (613-267-2232).
May to October
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
or By Appointment
The museum has over 200 exhibits in the 1930s stable building. The exhibits focus on baskets made from 15 different local materials. Some of these materials are growing in the gardens around the museum.
The exhibitions include basketry tools and various techniques for functional and decorative baskets.
All of the baskets have been collected by Ankaret Dean in her 40+ years as a fibre artist and instructor. Some baskets in the exhibition were made by Ankaret, others by First Nations basketmakers from across Canada, and some by international basketmakers.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holiday Mondays
Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$5.00 per person
12 and under free.
Step into the past.
Explore Lanark Township history in our informative country museum located in the Hamlet of Middleville. Set in an 1861 two-story stone school, the pioneer spirit shines from every corner of this unique museum. Treasures from days past are waiting to be discovered.
- A dramatic horse drawn hearse
- A dugout canoe made of a single basswood log
- Old time maple syrup and cheese making displays
- An 1830's "barn-frame" loom
- Blacksmithing tools and farm implements
- Lanark County lumbering and shanty artefacts
- Original genealogical documents and family records.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
All things maple!
Maple Heritage Museum
Maple Heritage Museum houses the largest collection of maple syrup artifacts and related items. There are extensive displays ranging from the First Nations discovery of maple syrup to Settlers modernizing methods.
The wall logs of the museum are recycled from century old hay barns and all the lumber was cut and sawed on the property.
Forest & Farm Museum
The Forest & Farm Museum is home to over 600 vintage chainsaws & unique farming tools. Some chainsaws came from right here in Lanark County and Eastern ON while other saws come from all over the world, like New England, Quebec, and as far away as British Columbia and Alaska.