Uxbridge Historical Centre

Displays

Experience Our Heritage

This display in the museum's main office gallery highlights the town's heritage sites.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 - 1942)

Ms. Montgomery, a native of Prince Edward Island, is famous for the book, Anne of Green Gables, the Avonlea and Emily stories and other books. In 1911, she moved to Ontario where she lived with her husband, Rev. Ewan Macdonald. Her most productive years were spent in the manse at nearby Leaskdale, Ontario, from 1911 - 1926.

For more information about L.M. Montgomery please visit the Lucy Maud Montgomery Leaskdale Manse Museum website.

Glenn Gould (1932-1982)

The musical roots of the late pianist, Glenn Gould, are in the Uxbridge area where his parents and grandparents lived. A unique collection of photos depicts him as a child and young man.

David Milne (1882-1953)

The Canadian artist David Milne lived and painted in Uxbridge in the 1940's, and the museum display provides a glimpse into his Uxbridge years. He is represented in the McMichael Collection at Kleinburg, Ontario.

Thomas Foster and the Foster Memorial Temple

Thomas Foster, a millionaire, was mayor of Toronto from 1925-27. In 1935-36, he built a Byzantine memorial "temple" just north of Uxbridge. This display outlines his life and depicts the beautiful and unique building which he left us. www.fostermemorial.com

Our Quaker Heritage

This display outlines some of the history of Quakerism, and features the Uxbridge Quaker (Friends) pioneer settlement.

For more information please visit the Uxbridge Quaker Meeting House website.

The Museum Collection

The museum maintains eight heritage buildings and two replica buildings. Many artifacts are on display within the buildings, while others are preserved in storage. Some of our extensive collection includes:

  • 4 organs and two pianos which were made in Uxbridge.
  • an ox cart dating from the 1840's.
  • a stump puller made by a local blacksmith.
  • a gramophone and radio made in the Gold Medal factory in Uxbridge in the 1920's.
  • a Davidson fanning mill, a Harman plow, an Etwell cutter and a Lasher sleigh, all made locally.

Virtual Collection

Portions of the Uxbridge Historical Centre Collection Database are now available online and more images and records will be added over time. Permission may be obtained to use collection images for education and scholarly purposes. Contact Curatorial staff for the most complete information about the online database and reproduction requests by phone at 905-852-5854 or email at museum@town.uxbridge.on.ca.

Follow this link to our virtual collections:

http://uxbridge.pastperfect-online.com

This project was funded by the Government of Ontario