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Wellington County Museum & Archives

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is a year-round centre of programming, events and exhibitions.

Festivals & Events

Elora Fergus Studio Tour
Elora Festival
Erin Fair
Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Sensational Elora

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Drayton Festival Theatre
Grand River Raceway
OLG Slots
The Gorge Cinema
Wellington County Museum & Archives
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This majestic limestone building has been home to many. Built in 1877 to house the poor, it began as a self-sufficient industrial farm, worked and tended by the very people it sheltered. For 70 years, the Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge provided a home to people who had none. Later it became a long-term care facility.

Today it is a magnificent Museum, and features an award-winning exhibit telling the stories of the people who lived, worked and died here. Aptly named “If These Walls Could Speak”, it recounts the stories of the people whose home it was. Recently the museum has added storyboards in the adjacent poorhouse cemetery about its history and the people buried there. A monument in the centre lists all who were interred.

In the restored timber-frame barn, an agricultural exhibit showcases how the barn was used during the years while the museum was home to the poor. Other permanent exhibits include a look at a soldier’s life at the Front during World War I, and a 500-year-old village from the County.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives offers an ever-popular, year-round program of events too. Festivities such as Family Day, Harvest Home and the Antique & Classic Car Show vie for attendance with Art Workshops for adults, lectures and school programs. With its peaceful gardens, this impressive hilltop site is the perfect setting for a picnic, a stroll along a path or a relaxing sit by the pond.

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Weekdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Weekends 1 pm to 5 pm. Two venues available for meetings and celebrations.
Located on Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora.

Wellington County Museum & Archives

0536 Wellington Road 18
RR 1
Fergus, ON N1M 2W3

v : 519 846 0916
f : 519 846 9630

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