Monday, July 24, 2017
About Dufferin County Museum What's Outside

The DCMA grounds are home to dozens of varieties of heritage flowers, plants and shrubs – native to our area c. 1900 – and arranged in distinct gardens and groupings, all connected by a series of accessible paths.  There are countless vistas and vantage points throughout the property, providing interesting backdrops for bird watching and photography.

Our north flower/perennial garden features a quaint pathway through floral splendour, custom arbors created by a local iron artist, small stone sitting area, and some of the nicest, sweeping views of the Mulmur Township countryside in our area.The property is also home to examples of antique farm machinery, inter-connecting trails, benches and driveshed, which give our visitors as much to explore outdoors as inside the museum!

Maple Trees

The mature maple trees around Historic Corbetton Church once lined the 6th Line of Mulmur, which originally ran through the museum site.  When Airport Road was built during the 1960s, it was realigned creating the wedge shaped lot that became the museum site.  When the church was moved to the museum grounds, it was placed on the old road bed where the sheltering trees made it look like it had always stood there.

Apple Orchard

Nearby is the apple orchard, complete with plantings of dwarf versions of heritage apples.  The apple orchards of Dufferin were planted primarily by settlers from the north of Ireland where County Armagh is the apple-growing heart of the United Kingdom. Take the time to read the wonderful names of old varieties planted here, whether it’s “Maiden’s Blush,”  “Alexander,” or “Yellow Transparent” each apple had a flavour and use as individual as its name.

Entrance Gates
History comes out to greet you as you first enter the DCMA grounds through our magnificent iron gates,. They were originally erected in 1928 as part of the improvements at Shelburne Cemetery.

Stone/Stump Lifter

Visitors often ask of the contraption located on our grounds near the driveway entrance:  “What is that thing?” It is actually a fine example of a stone lifter, built in the late 1800s and originally from Mono township. It was used by early farmers to remove large stones and stumps to make way for farming or building.  This handy rig would be manoeuvred over top of the offending stone or stump, chains and hooks from the picker would be clamped down onto the stone or stump, and then a horse or an ox would power the capstan, to lift the stone usually with the help of men with shovels and crowbars to loosen the stone.  Once lifted, a team or horses or a yoke of oxen would move the lifter and the dangling stone to a fence row or stone pile where it could be deposited out of the way.

Drystone Wall
The first section of dry stone wall, completed by waller Eric Landemann of East Luther in 2011, is a memorial to Gandier United Church and the folk of the  Keldon community in East Luther township.  The wall is built in the traditional fashion of selecting and fitting the stones without using mortar.

Rail Fence
The “Cameron” cedar rail fence was built around the church during 2009 by Donald Cameron of Holstein. The fence is self-supporting and sits on the ground, rather than relying on postholes.  The cedar rails were salvaged from other fences.  Once a basic requirement of managing livestock on pioneer farms, the art of splitting cedar logs into 4 metre rails has been lost. 

Limestone rocks and berm (south end of grounds)
The rocks were gathered from property along the Niagara Escarpment at Mono Centre and moved here to create our own little escarpment “outcrop.”  Visitors get to experience the pleasure of clambering over the rocks or simply sitting and sunning themselves.  The sheltered area also serves as an outdoor programme area. Sumachs and other plants are naturalizing this environment.  

Scrap Sculpture collage, building entrance
During the construction of the DCMA, part of the collection of our forerunner, the  Dufferin County Historical Society, was destroyed by fire.  Some metal items were retrieved from the ashes.  John and Albert Endeman, Ironworks, Mono Mills, created these two collages to pay tribute to many donors who lost family pieces in the fire. 

Historic Corbetton Church is a quaint country church that was relocated from the community of Corbetton in Melancthon Township to the grounds of the Dufferin county Museum in 1999.  Its relocation and subsequent restoration represents one of the largest preservation projects undertaken by the DCMA, and paid for exclusively through donations of funds, time and materials; no tax dollars were used to cover the project’s $250,000 price tag.  Today, Historic Corbetton Church proudly stands on the north end of the DCMA grounds, as both a fine example of early rural church architecture, and what can be achieved through community co-operation and involvement.

Historic Corbetton Church is now non-denominational, and used regularly for a variety of special events, programs, lectures and ceremonies, including weddings, memorials and baptisms.  Historic Corbetton Church is available to rent by the public.

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