With a unique history transcending to all who visit Meaford, this picturesque town has its own appeal attracting home buyers, visitors and tourists alike. The Meaford Museum has something for everyone and is located in the old pumping station which originally supplied water to most of Meaford. The museum was eventually transformed to the present day museum in 1961.
An application to the Superbuild program in 1998 started a large undertaking to renovate the museum which was completed in 2006. The museum was re-opened to the public on May 12, 2007. “Then, in June 2009, thanks to support from the Rick Hansen Foundation, the Apple Harvest Craft Show and the Trillium Foundation, a vestibule was added to the South end of the building to create a more prominent entrance and complete making the building accessible,” explains Pam Woolner, Museum Curator.
The museum’s collection was started by large donations from two pioneer families in Meaford – the Sings and the Godfreys. You’ll find all kinds of treasures and interesting facts among over 10,000 individual artifacts which relate the history and heritage of the former Town of Meaford and the amalgamated townships of St. Vincent and Sydenham since its earliest settlement.
The museum includes a wide variety of artifacts including the Tom Thomson family cradle and christening gown, a giglée reproduction of a painting by Thomson, bicycles dating back to the 20’s, fossiliferous shale that formed 488 million years ago from the Ordovician sea, John Muir’s writings (founder of the Sierra Club), historical documentation, quilts and much more!
The “Farm Shed” located at the North end of the museum grounds was made possible by a donation from the late Joe Walker’s estate. It houses many of the larger farm tools. The museum rotates their exhibits, so there’s always something new when you visit. While at the museum, you will learn about all kinds of people including the Man with the Iron Hands (Andrew Gawley), John Muir, Margaret Marshall Saunders, local soldiers and much more.
Visit their Apple Pie Trail room to learn about the history of the apple industry in Meaford. The Nautical room holds model ships made by Meaford's own local retired ship captain Bruce Shepperd, along with the history of the Meaford Harbour. And, if you look up you’ll see a propeller from a 1940's Cessna plane!
It’s time to take a walk down memory lane and visit the Meaford Museum. Located at 111 Bayfield Street, Meaford. Phone: (519) 538-5974.