TA Takeover - Fenelon Museum Artifacts
The 151 Year Old Piano
When you enter through the doors or simply walk by the museum, you may hear the music of a 151 year old piano being played by Don Deathe or more recently, one of the Tourism Ambassadors. The piano was shipped on a barge and arrived in 1870 as the first piano in Fenelon Falls. The square shaped piano is unique because it’s strings are horizontal to the keys rather than vertical like most pianos, which saves a lot of space.
Maryboro Lodge works hard to make their museum a unique and interesting spot to visit. Featuring many different exhibits, the Fenelon Museum has something for everyone; my personal favourite being the pioneer schoolhouse. During the summer months, the schoolhouse is open 10am-5pm, with a teacher popping by every so often to teach lessons to the kids in subjects like math, handwriting, and art. The museum does a great job of making the pioneer school experience very authentic; the kids write on chalkboards, the teacher is dressed in period costume, and there are real pioneer recess games! Take your kids back in time with a visit to Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum.
Monarch Butterfly Release - An Event to Remember
This summer the wonderful staff at Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum have put together a wonderful home for Monarch caterpillars to grow into their cocoons. Located in the school house, a box on the wall houses nine caterpillars transforming into beautiful pollinating butterflies. The Monarch butterflies are set to be released on September 7th at an event commemorating loved ones. You can participate in this incredible event by purchasing a locally raised butterfly to be released for $25. Proceeds help support the community based programing at Maryboro Lodge.
The Fenelon Theatre Projector - A Moving Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The Maryboro Lodge holds an attraction near and dear to the hearts of the denizens of Fenelon Falls, a projector once used to display countless moving pictures at the old movie theatre. This model C projector from the Century Projector Company once provided the entire village with entertainment and the joy of being given the oppritunity to see one of the once rare films. As home television grew ever more popular as the years went on, however, the theatre had a declining number of movie-goers to cater to. In the years following, the building that once housed this projector fell into disrepair and was finally demolished in 2016. Despite this, the memory of the theatre lives on, not only in the fond memories of many locals and with the Fenelon Marquee outside the Tourism Office, but on the second floor of the village’s museum.