Lambton Heritage Museum
The Lambton Heritage Museum, on Hwy. 21 south of Grand Bend, is home to an outstanding collection of distinctive, one-of-a-kind items, each having its own story to pass on to future generations. Here you will discover the only remaining horse-drawn ambulance in Ontario, the largest collection of pressed glass water pitchers in Canada, a church built in 1867, rare John Goodison steam engines, an exceptional collection of stoves made by the Doherty Stove Co. and a notable collection of furniture from 19th century Lambton County.
Since opening in 1978, the Lambton Heritage Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the proud agricultural and industrial heritage of Lambton County. The museum has benefited and grown from constant public support, gathering a collection of artifacts and photographs of local significance from all of the eleven municipalities that are a part of the County of Lambton. Over 700,000 visitors have stopped to explore the remarkable collections and unique stories that exemplify the proud history of the Lambton community.
The Lambton Heritage Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 5pm, weekends and holidays from 11am to 5pm. Closed weekends and holidays from November through February. Admission is $5. adults, $4. seniors/students, $3. children, $15. family.
Arkona Lions Museum & Information Centre
The Museum houses Devonian Era fossils and aboriginal artifacts found in the Rock Glen Conservation Area. Visitors and amateur archaeologists have found many fossils in the exposed beds dating back 350 million years. The Museum offers: North America’s finest fossils from the Devonian geological period almost 400 million years ago and local First Nations artifacts.
April – October call 519 828-3071 / November-March call 519 235-2610. 8680 Rock Glen Road, Arkona.
Forest Lambton Museum
Located in the former Forest Home Bakery site in Forest’s downtown heritage district. The storefront appears much the same as when it was built in 1885. The main room focuses on themed exhibits that change frequently, this season profiling one of Forest’s most distinguished families in a pictorial and artifact filled display. The window displays also present a unique glimpse into the past. The museum continues to evolve as we renovate.
Open by chance or appointment. Call 519-786-3239. 8 Main St. N., Forest
St. Joseph Museum & Archives
Hosted by the Hessenland Country Inn, the Museum contains information, photographs and digital scans of original documents about the Huron Tract, the City of St. Joseph, the St. Joseph Canal, Narcisse Cantin, St. Joseph’s first families and Saint André.
Open by chance or appointment. Call 519-236-7707. 72981 Bluewater Highway (Highway 21)
St. Joseph’s (Zurich). StJosephMuseum.ca
Lucan Area Heritage & Donnelly Museum
DonnellyMuseum.com.The museum is dedicated to the preservation and retelling of the most famous historical events of the Lucan area, such as the founding of Wilberforce by a Black community from Cincinnati, the arrival and settlement of the area by Irish immigrants and the famous Donnelly murders, recounted in song, story and plays throughout Canada.
May – Thanksgiving: Tuesday – Sunday, Holiday Mondays (Closed Regular Mondays), 11am to 4pm. 171 Main St., Lucan, Ontario. Phone: (519)227-0756Call 519-227-0756.
School on Wheels Museum
This original 100-plus year old wooden train car once brought an education to children living in remote areas of Northern Ontario from 1926 to 1967. Enjoy a hands-on experience of an early 20th-Century classroom as well as how the teacher’s family of seven lived on the rail car. Open Victory Day Saturday to the last Weekend in September. Thursday through Sunday and Holiday Mondays 11am – 4pm. 76 Victoria Terrace, Clinton | 519-482-3997 | www.centralhuron.com/schoolcar
For History Buffs
Kettle & Stony Point First Nations
Ontario’s indigenous people call themselves the Anishinabek Nation (the “Anishinaabe”) and are comprised of 39 First Nation communities. Kettle Point or Wiiwkwedong is unceded territory (meaning ownership was not surrendered) that runs along Lake Huron’s shoreline from Lambton Shores to Sarnia. Officially known as the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point, the community has a population of about 2,108.
How Kettle Point Got its Name
The First Nation is named for Kettles or concretions formed millions of years ago. Unique to only three locations in the world, these spherical rock formations are caused by erosion of underlying shale beds. The Kettles have cultural and spiritual significance to the Anishinaabe. Traditional stories teach that the Kettles are Thunderbird eggs and Thunderbirds are powerful spirits that bring rain to the land and its people. The point is said to be the nesting place for the Thunderbirds.
Culture & Beliefs
Anishinaabe cultural practices are centred on the “Seven Grandfathers” teachings of Wisdom, Love, Trust, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth. The Seven Grandfathers are also the core of the Anishinaabe’s seven clan cultural structure. The seven clans – Crane, Loon, Turtle, Bear, Hoof, Martin and Bird – each play a specified role within the nation. The Crane clan are the traditional chiefs; the Loon clan are the sub-chiefs; the Turtle can are the mediators; the Bear clan are the herbalists and guardians; the Hoof clan are the peacemakers; the Martin clan are the warriors and the Bird clan are the spiritual leaders.
The Anishinaabe were one of four indigenous groups that lived in southwestern Ontario – the Huron, Neutrals and Iroquois. Wampum agreements between the four groups declared the shared rights of all to use the land and its resources to feed their people. Products were fashioned from local resources such as flints for tools and weapons and “wampum” beads from shells. Wampum beads, a form of gift exchange, were used for storytelling, ceremonial gifts and the recording of important treaties and events.
First contact with French and British fur traders in the 1600s upset the balance of peace between the four indigenous groups. Traditional economic competitors, the French and English allied themselves with different indigenous groups: the French with the Anishinaabe and the British with the Iroquois. The Neutrals, so-called by Samuel de Champlain for their peacekeeping role between the Huron, Anishinaabe and Iroquois, were eradicated by the Iroquois when guns were sold for pelts. The Iroquois then turned against the Huron, who were nearly decimated by the mid 1600s. The Huron fled southwest seeking Anishinaabe aid and war broke out between the remaining Huron, their Anishinaabe allies and the Iroquois. Although the Anishinaabe were successful in pushing the Iroquois back to their territories along the St. Lawrence River, the Huron did not survive the conflict.
For more information, visit kspcommunityculture.ca.
- Hands-On Nature!, Lambton Heritage Museum – March 5 – April 28, 2017
- Return of the Swans, Lambton Heritage Museum – March 11 – April 2, 2017
- 150-Years of Lambton County Quilts, Lambton Heritage Museum – May 13-September 30, 2017
- Kettle & Stony Point Competition PowWow, Kettle Point Park – July 8 & 9, 2017