The story of the settlement and historical development of Lennox & Addington County is highlighted in a number of themed exhibits displayed within the old County Gaol.
Artifacts from the textile, furniture, domestic arts, tools and equipment collections of the Museum & Archives are showcased on a changing basis. Occasional guest exhibitions are also presented.
A Place to Call Home
Life in Lennox & Addington County
This long narrow strip of country that we call home has many stories to tell. Shaped through its history, geography, people, towns and industries, this exhibit promotes a feeling of belonging as it introduces you to the significance of Lennox and Addington County.
This historical journey through the County will answer questions about what, where, why, and how the County came to be and explore the diversity ofthe land and life in Lennox and Addington today.
This brand new semi-permanent exhibit establishes a new look and tone for exhibit development at the museum. This engaging exhibit lets you discover the County’s history, biodiversity, agriculture, and industry through the use colourful maps, photographs, anecdotes, and artifacts. Lennox and Addington really is Our Place To Call Home.
Our Town is Your Town
Tim Nimigan, Artist & Cartoonist
Until December 11, 2020
This show represents a selection of favourite cartoons as well as the Canadian Community Newspaper Award winners. They have all appeared in the pages of the Napanee Beaver sometime between 2003 and 2020.
While many of these cartoons have been inspired by life in Greater Napanee, they could have been inspired by life in any one of a number of small towns. If you have ever lived in a small town you will undoubtedly recognize situations and characters portrayed here.
If small-town living is not part of your experience, don’t worry. Many of the cartoons reflect human nature and life in general. Foibles don’t always know such boundaries. Cartoonists are prone to exaggeration and stretched truth in order to garner a laugh, but there are times when you all make our job too easy, such that none of that is necessary. Maybe you will see yourself or somebody you know in the cartoons. Smirks, smiles, chuckles and LOL’s are allowed.
You can purchase Tim’s NEW book ahead of the museum book launch and exhibit opening. Contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of this ‘soft launch’ advanced sale.
GAME ON - L&A Sport Stories on the Game
Sports play an integral part in the character and culture within our communities. “GAME ON!” is collection of light hearted sport stories and memorabilia from local athletes as well as our own museum and archival collections. Whether you swing a bat, shoot a puck, throw a rock, or go for that long distance throw, we are sure the stories will bring a smile to your face and nudge your own memories of sports played and watched throughout your life.
“Getting To Know Our Neighbours”
Opening January 2021
This exhibit explores the histories and culture of the Mohawk people who are our neighbours living in Tyendinaga. Developed in partnership with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.
"Confederation Era Entrepreneurs"
By the 1860’s, the population of the County had grown to allow Lennox and Addington to become independent and a new Court House and jail were built in the mill reserve. Napanee, at the head of the falls, became the County Town. John Stevenson, Napanee’s Reeve, was also the first County Warden. Confederation, the forging together of the provinces of British North America, passed almost unnoticed in the local press. The County’s First Warden became the first Speaker of the new Ontario Legislature. In the post Confederation era, Italianate styled houses began to dominate Napanee architecture. William Miller, an East Ward merchant, built a new Italianate styled house near the Court House. Proximity to the Court House and the railway station made East Street a desirable area.
Inside the houses were well furnished. In 1868 when young William T. Gibbard joined his father, John, in the business, elaborate carved sideboards became a defining product of Gibbard and Sons.
William Miller’s carved game sideboard and Renaissance Revival Gibbard bedroom suite are on display in the Gibbard gallery.
"The Horse and Buggy Age"
The years after Confederation to the Great War which erupted in 1914, were the decades when the “Horse and Buggy Age” was at its height. Each farm family possessed one or two light carriages of which the buggy was the most important, and the democrat, a rig with two or three benches, was almost as important. Although the blacksmith remained essential in rural communities, the small foundries and factories strung along the County’s rivers began to build versions of the most popular new inventions.
It was also a great wheat period and a time of hearty work in the fields. The pace of farming quickened with improvements in farm machinery. New foundries, mills and manufacturing plants were built taking advantage of water power sites along the Napanee River. D.B. Stickney’s Newburgh foundry built reapers and Joseph Connolly in Yarker produced a variety of ploughs. The Benjamin Wheel Manufacturing Company in Yarker produced rims and spokes for wagon and buggy wheels.
A Connolly democrat, a C.H. Finkle cutter and a Stickney reaper are featured in the Horse and Buggy Age.