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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.


Pioneer Schoolhouse

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.

Fresh Ingredients for Fenelon Food Bank - The History and Accomplishments of Fenelon's Victory Garden

Submitted by Alex Tan

After last years successful harvest consisting of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society are gearing up for round two. The Victory Garden is located at 50 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, right on the north side of the historic Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum. The garden consists of ten elevated planters that grow a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables. From butternut squash to dill, the garden grows over 20 edible species of plant. 

Below is the Victory Garden at the beginning of summer followed by a picture just a month later. 

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As I talked to the organizers and community leaders working on this amazing project I learned a little bit about the history of Victory Gardens and how that vision has been scoped to tackle modern issues. 

First a bit of context. The term victory garden was first used to describe the mobilization of Canadians as they used rooftop gardens, planter boxes and a converted flower gardens to grow food to feed the brave Canadians and their allies fighting in WWI. It was seen as a leisurely way to be patriotic on the home front. This grassroots movement supplied food for the war effort while boosting moral across the country. This practice continued through the Great Depression and found a resurgence in WWII.

The spirit of victory gardens pushed everyday Canadians to turn their rooftops, vacant lots and balconies into a force for positive change. Today, Fenelon’s Victory Garden is taking on another war. The fight against hunger is being attacked head on as members of the Horticulture Society harvest pounds of fresh produce for the food bank. The Salvation Army receives 3 to 4 kgs of food each week and that number grows every week. If you wish to get involved with this amazing project, you can visit the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society on Facebook or visit their website

The food bank would also like to thank the many individuals, other community gardens and local businesses that are so generous in donating fresh produce.

Fenelon Theatre Marquee Recap

Submitted by Dana Deathe

Last Saturday evening, a sizable crowd came out to celebrate and watch as the restored and refurbished Fenelon Theatre Marquee sign was lit up for the first time in its new location on Oak Street.

The event drew many cheers when the switch was finally flipped, and brought on nostalgia for anyone who spent time going to the movies at the old Fenelon Theatre.

Following the event, guests were treated to refreshments and a silent auction at Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum. Many thanks and congratulations to the committee of hardworking volunteers who took on this project and gave a new life to the Marquee sign and a new landmark for the town of Fenelon Falls!

James Dickson's Algonquin Adventure at Maryboro Lodge

This Saturday, September 1st, head over to the Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum to celebrate James Dickson. 125 years ago, Fenelon Falls Reeve and land surveyor James Dickson was instrumental in establishing Algonquin Park.

The land surveys and research conducted by James Dickson were major contributions towards establishing the Algonquin Park Act, which passed in 1893: "In one of his reports Dickson wrote – 'As we float along the streams or skim over the calm water of the lakelets almost every stroke of the paddle unfolds some new scene of rural beauty seldom equalled in any part of our fair province, and to paint them all in their pristine beauty would take the most gifted pen or pencil of either author or artist" (

James Dickson Day will be filled with camping activities like campcrafts, s'mores and a corn roast, a campfire singalong, and a story tent. See you at Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum on Saturday to wrap up summer by celebrating camping and our piece of local history connection to Algonquin Park.

War of 1812: Battle Re-enactment
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Battle re-enactment coming soon to Fenelon Falls, brought to you by Fenelon Falls LIVE!

Come join us on August 4th on TSW Lock Island. Featuring: interactive pioneer displays, Peterborough Concert Band, free ice cream and popcorn, beer garden, Music Fest, and more.

Have you heard of The Land Between?

Written by Shannon Bain


The 3-part documentary series 'The Land Between' explores Kawartha Lakes’ very unique ecosystem; Saturdays this summer at the Fenelon Museum.

Starting this Saturday, July 14, Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum is proudly presenting the landmark series The Land Between, a visually stunning 3-part documentary that deep-dives into the special and unique region that envelopes The Kawartha Lakes. Join us each week for a one-hour episode, screened inside the gallery theatre in Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum and stay for an informal but illuminating discussion on a wide range of topics, focused on our local environment, heritage, and history.

“The series uses aerial and time-lapse videography, historical re-enactments, animation and hundreds of rare photographs and films to introduce you to this space between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands, home to a host of overlapping species from the north and the south, and the ever-changing story of how humans have interacted with this special region throughout time.” - TVO

Saturdays from noon to 2:00 pm in the Fenelon Museum Theatre

2018 Screening Schedule*

July 14 - episode 1
July 21 - episode 2
July 28 - episode 3

August 11 - episode 1
August 18 - episode 2
August 25 - episode 3

*subject to change

About The Land Between region: The Land Between extends from the Georgian Bay Coast to the Ottawa Valley. It is the final frontier; the last wilderness in Southern Ontario. This region provides clean water to cities downstream, shelter from climate change effects, and ecosystem services benefiting all of Ontario.  It’s a refuge for wildlife; home to loons, bear, moose, deer, and more hummingbirds, stars, shores, snakes and turtles than anywhere in Ontario. But it is a fragile place; untended development and pollution here affects all of Ontario and the damage is hard to reverse.  

About The Land Between Organization: The Land Between charity is a grassroots non-government organization, and the first and only group representing the region. For additional information on The Land Between, Cottage Country’s Conversation Organization, please visit or plan on attending a screening with us, we’d love to see you there!

Art at the Maryboro Lodge

Written by Beverly Jeeves

When visitors arrive at Maryboro Lodge – the Fenelon Museum this year, there are new exhibits and programs for all ages to enjoy. When you head down to 50 Oak St. you will see our brightly painted picnic tables under the Historic Burr Oak Trees, wicker chairs on the porch, patio doors open, a cup of tea/coffee ready, and you know you have found us!

This spring we opened an Art Exhibit showcasing three very strong women of Fenelon Falls who tell their stories through watercolours, sketching and sculpture.


In the “Langton Gallery” we are showcasing the digitized enlarged sketches of Anne Langton who was the original storyteller of this area and live in the bush.  In her Journal “An Gentlewomen in Upper Canada” and her miniature sketches, Miss Langton portrays life in the 1830s and 1840s here in Fenelon Falls.  

This past winter, Sharon Johnson of the Museum discovered and collected into an exhibit the paintings, poetry and sculpture of Katherine E. Wallis, daughter to James Wallis who built Maryboro in 1837. While Ms. Wallis did not live here in Fenelon she was very fond of the original Fenelon Falls settlers who appreciated her father in work and prayer. The Wallis Collection includes a Sculpture entitled “Jesus and the Little Children” which was a gift to St. James Anglican Church.

Modern Sculpture Artist Ruth Abernathy, who grew up here in Fenelon Falls, and was inspired by the museum for some of her pieces on display the Langton Gallery Ms. Abernathy, is world renown for her sculptures. Ms. Abernathy will be joining us at Maryboro on July 18th for Victorian Tea from 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm as her parents entertain for the Tea. Take a moment and talk to Ms. Abernathy to hear her inspirations and techniques for her small and ‘human size’ sculptures. 


Ms. Abernathy’s book “Life and Bronze: A Sculptor's Journal” is available at the Museum gift shop as well as Anne Langton’s “A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada.” 

The Fenelon Museum is also pleased to announce that later this summer, Gail Corbett who wrote the fascinating life story of art and service by Katherine E. Wallis will be at St. James Anglican Church for an afternoon Speaker Series.  The exhibit of these three women will be at the Museum until Thanksgiving.

And that is just ONE gallery of Maryboro Lodge – the Fenelon Museum that is new for 2018. Stay tuned for further news on “Tinker toys – Allen Wood Products Exhibit.” For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Beverly Jeeves, Manager at 705-887-1044 or