The Mallory Coach House was built circa 1853 and has been used as a hotel, tavern, doctor’s office, farm house and as a residence. It was purchased by the Township in the fall of 2005, to be used for a tourist attraction, art shows, a meeting place for local groups, and a place to showcase historical artifacts and documents. Under the management of the Heritage Committee, it has undergone major renovations and restorations, funded by grants and generous donations. The garden area and gazebo are also used for community events and weddings.
Highlights from the Mallory Coach House Museum 2021 – 2022
Even though we have had various closures and restricted admittance, the Mallory Coach House Museum volunteers have been very active the past year.
In August 2021, we hosted a vendor’s Market and Open House with Historical Demonstrators which was very successful with over 25 vendors taking part. We were also happy to offer tours of the Mallory Coach House by our two summer students. In September, we hosted the Thousand Islands Fine Art Show over 3 days.
A Christmas Craft and Bake Sale with vendors in both the Mallory Coach House and the Mallorytown Community Centre was organized in December. Both venues had a lot of visitors and the take-out lunches were very popular.
During the year, weekly Tuesday work parties looked after the many maintenance tasks required to keep the house, shed and gardens in good shape. One highlight was the decorating of the outside areas with hundreds of lights, wreaths and bows for the Christmas season.
We have welcomed visitors during the winter season by appointment and arranged for a MCH volunteer to give them a tour.
Because of the pandemic it has not been possible for us to host the yearly classroom visits from Front of Yonge School. In January, with support from a grant from the Retired Teachers of Ontario, we created and delivered 6 educational kits about the Museum to the school so the children know we have not forgotten them.
Throughout the year volunteers have continued their work on the archives, cataloguing many new additions to our collections. One special exhibit of 19th century pressed glass has just been displayed on new shelves in the central area of the house.
A key initiative this year has been the construction of a special room to highlight the history of the first glassworks factory in Canada, in Mallorytown. The committee has secured funding, organized shelving and display areas, researched the history, and acquired glass-blowing tools and original pieces of glass. The room will be opened to the public in the fall of 2022.
We are excited to announce that we are in the planning stages for summer festivals. We hope to have the Strawberry Social on Sunday June 26 and the Blueberry Social on Sunday July 31. Both afternoon festivals feature delicious berry desserts, tours of the Museum and live music in the gardens. We also plan to host the Mallorytown Village Fair on Saturday August 27. This full day event caters to families looking for a great day out. There will be children’s activities and games, local vendors and artisans, live music and homemade food.
We also plan to have the Museum open to the public during the summer months with self-guided tours organized by our summer students. We look forward to welcoming visitors who want to learn more about the history of the Mallorytown area, including its schools, businesses, churches and families.
Mallory Coach House Historical Committee:
Anyone wishing to attend a Committee meeting is asked to contact the Township Office.