From the Marie Dressler House museum in Cobourg honouring the life and accomplishments of the Academy-Award winning comedic actress of the 1930's, to Dorothy's House museum in Garden Hill, depicting the life of an average working family of the 1800's, Northumberland's museums provide a window on the past.
The Canadian Firefighter's Museum in Port Hope and the Harold Carlaw's Military Museum open year round in Campbellford indulge in the pursuit of a single passion.
For the railway buff, Memory Junction Museum in Brighton is one of the few 32 stations remaining on the 1850's line between Toronto and Montreal. No longer in use, the property is being developed by local enthusiast, Ralph Bangay, and is home to a 1913 Box Car and a 1929 Caboose, among other rail vehicles and period items.
If you want to look inside the life of pirates and rumrunners, take a trip to Presqu'ile Provincial Park's Lighthouse and Interpretive Centre on Brighton Bay. While you are in the area, stop at Proctor House Museum to see the lifestyle in which a prosperous marine trader and businessman kept his family and his servants in the 1800's. Don't forget to take in the widows' walk where these early settlers kept watch for incoming vessels.