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!
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.
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.
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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