Our love of the automobile keeps the annual Wellington County Museum and Archives’s Antique and Classic Car Show polished and revved up and it’s quite the spectacle to see all those classic cars, muscle machines and trucks lined up across the big lawn.
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The Wellington County Museum and Archives isn’t just another landmark building – it’s one of the most stunning and historically significant buildings in our area, set high atop a hill, stoically perched in the center of Fergus and Elora.
The building itself is a testament to time. Built in 1877, the Poor House and Industrial Farm offered lodging for the homeless and poor in Wellington County. It operated until 1947. It is the oldest remaining House of Industry and Refuge in Canada, earning its status as a National Historic Site.
If genealogy is your hobby, the modern archives are a treasure trove of history from communities across Wellington County. Inside the museum, a host of exhibits, some that travel and others that proudly share the artifacts and personal mementos that tell the stories of the people who shaped this land. Explorers and pioneers. Innovators and aggravators. Those who sought refuge and those who gave it. Heroes and heroines. Legends in time.
Tour the exhibit halls, gallery space, the gift shop and step back in time, into the meticulously restored heritage barn. Wander through the fragrant blooms of the many gardens including the Victorian garden, and Butterfly Garden, Woodland and Cottage Garden, bringing the flora and fauna of the past into the present.
Walk the path into a forest that lends land to the Poor House Cemetery, a tribute that honours the almost 300 souls who were buried on the grounds of the former Poor House. If you listen, you may hear their voices in the wind. The ghost stories of this grand old building are legendary. And true. Boo! Cool, right?
This is also a great place to park the car and tour the Elora Cataract Trails, walking/cycling trails that lead you to Elora, Fergus and beyond. Be sure to experience the Aboyne Trail adjacent to the museum, leading you through the forest to the riverbanks of the Grand River, with spectacular views atop the Trestle Bridge over the Grand River. From this vantage point, you can imagine the grand structure of the former Poor House and Industrial Farm as it was stood, before the towns around it were built up to modern day. www.wellington.ca
A must-see exhibit at Wellington County Museum and Archives, ‘On the Button’ is coming this fall! Opening Saturday, October 19, this exhibit features over 900 buttons from local button collector Roger Miller, displayed alongside rarely seen garments from the Wellington County Museum’s collection.
The exhibit’s opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 1pm to 3pm at the Museum. As an added feature, Roger Miller will give a personal tour of the exhibit at 2pm. All are welcome, admission by donation.
Roger Miller’s buttons will be on display at the Museum until April 12, 2020.
It’s that time of year again when we gather together to celebrate our rich rural traditions with the Harvest Home Festival.
The Wellington County Museum and Archives hosts a full day of hands-on fun, interactive experiences and the tastes of home too. From local food vendors, live entertainment and a variety of demonstrations of threshing, sheep sheering, and spinning, we’re celebrating our rural roots in style.
Check out the antique tractor show and tour the renovated heritage barn, circa. 1877.
The Harvest Home Festival is fun for the whole family. See you there!
November 11th – Remembrance Day is honoured in many ways locally each year and if you find yourself in Fergus or Elora over this weekend, we invite you to take part in our many events.
Without a doubt, the most spectacular display to honour our fallen takes place on front lawn of the Wellington County Museum and Archives. In partnership with our local Legions, we honour the 526 fallen from Wellington County. Those who died in the First World War, World War Two, Korea and Afghanistan are remembered with a marker on the front lawn.
This informal and poignant tribute takes place at dusk on November 10, (5:30pm) and the candles will remain lit until November 12. Candles are provided by the Museum and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Listen for the pipes
Early on Sunday, November 11th, members of the Fergus Pipe Band will be taking part in the 100th Anniversary of Armistice by performing at the Fergus Legion.
At 6am pipers will perform the piece Battle’s O’er to commemorate the end of World War One and pay tribute our fallen. All our welcome to start the morning of Remembrance with this important event.
Remembrance Day Services
Elora – Remembrance parade Nov. 11 starting at 11am, followed by a ceremony at the cenotaph in front of our municipal offices.
Fergus – Remembrance parade Nov. 11 starting at 10:30am, followed by a cenotaph service.
Salem – Remembrance parade, Nov. 11, starting at 9:30am; with a service at the cenotaph.
Bells of Peace
This Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
On Nov. 11 1918, after four long years, the guns had fallen silent. In their place, across Canada church bells rang out to share the news that the Great War, regarded at the time as “the war to end all wars,” was finally over.
To commemorate the occasion, The Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is encouraging all communities across the country to participate in the Bells of Peace initiative.
The best weekend of the fall season is here and the best place to be? Also here. Right here, in Elora. Why? Because it’s sensational!
This long weekend boasts many fine traditions for friends and family to gather and celebrate the harvest. In our community’s social calendar, it brings two of our favourite fall events – and we’d love for you to join us!
WHO DOESN’T LOVE PUMPKINS?
Sensational Pumpkin Day is a FREE family event held in Elora’s Bissell Park, at the Elora Farmers’ Market. The event is all about celebrating the end of the harvest season with all kinds of fun, interactive activities for all ages. Bring the family and get ready for some fun!
Prizes for best carved/decorated pumpkins (lots of pumpkins on site!)
Giant pumpkin carving demonstrations – to be raffled
Face painting, Highland dance demonstrations, Zumba
A bouncy castle
Music with Juneyt
PLEASE bring a donation of a non-perishable food donation for the Centre Wellington Food Bank too!
Soup’s on! Get ready to slurp up some hot, delicious and creative soups for the annual Sensational Soup-off and Empty Bowls event, a yummy Thanksgiving weekend tradition.
Held at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, in the Aboyne Hall, the event invites local soup-makers to stir it up for a good cause. From professional Chefs with delectable skills to amateur foodie enthusiasts, including some award-winning youth entries, with homemade recipes that are tried and true, they’ll face off in a bowl-to-bowl competition – and best of all, you get to be the judge!
Your ticket allows you to sample from this amazing buffet of soups made with local and sustainable food. Your vote dictates the winner!
Tickets: $15 Adults
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Enjoy music under the stars with the finest voices in town, the Elora Singers. Curated by Michael Cressman (Bass), the Elora Singers let their hair down in this rocking “house party” showcase. Performing Broadway tunes and other personal favourites, they present a casual “this is us” showcase that will bring you closer to your Singers than ever.