Cultural Heritage

Minto Arts Gallery

Located on the top floor of the Harriston Library, the Minto Heritage Gallery exhibits local art and other collections throughout the year. It is entirely non-profit and run by the Minto Arts Council, whose members make up many of the gallery’s volunteers and promoters. The gallery has been a showcase of local talent and expression since 1997.

CNRA Clubhouse

The CNRA Clubhouse is located on Main Street, Palmerston. It features a lawn bowling pitch in its backyard.

Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum

The Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Palmerston’s history as a nexus of the railway age. Housed in the old Palmerston Railway Station, the museum contains a collection of donated railway memorabilia, artifacts and photographs. It is also the site of Palmerston’s Pedestrian Bridge.

Pvt. Milton Seiler

Over the last 100 years we often hear about the young men from Canada's farms flocking to answer the call for King and Country. Milton Seiler, was one of those fresh faced country boys to take up the call to arms.  His true intentions are not known, but the likelihood of it being primarily patriotic fervour is probably not the case.

Frank Lambier Court Dedication

Frank Lambier Court dedication ceremony in Palmerston with Mayor Bridge, Legion Branch 409 representatives and the Lambier family.

John Webb Gallery

Located on the top floor of the Harriston Library, the John Webb Room is the Harriston Historical Society’s largest collection of historical documents and artifacts.

Norgan Theatre

The Norgan is a restored movie theatre located in downtown Palmerston. It features newly released films, special events, and concerts. It is also home to Palmerston’s Big Film Fest, a monthly film screening featured on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit.

Minto Heritage Plaque: Rev. Smithhurst

Reverend john Smithurst was ordained by the Church of England in 1939 and served as a missionary to the aboriginal people at the Red River Settlements in Manitoba for twelve years. He settled in the Township of Minto in 1852 when he was appointed Rector of St. John's Anglican church in Elora, Ontario.

Palmerston Railway Pedestrian Bridge

The sole remaining pedestrian railway bridge in Ontario, the Palmerston Railway Pedestrian Bridge was originally built in 1912 to allow schoolchildren safe passage over the railway tracks. Now it serves as a symbol of Palmerston’s railway heritage and as the signature feature of the Lions Heritage Park. The Pedestrian Bridge turned one hundred years old in 2012.

Harriston Branch - Wellington County Library

The Harriston Library is a renovated Carnegie building retaining much of its beautiful, original architecture. Besides the main floor library, the basement contains a full kitchen, meeting room and stage. The upper floor holds both the Minto Heritage Gallery and a Harriston Historical Society collection.

Minto Heritage Plaque: Palmerston Railway Walking Bridge

In 1871, the grand Western Railway line through Palmerston was completed. Although the railway helped the local economy, the expansion of the rail yard through Queen Street posed a serious threat to pedestrians. To ensure public safety, the Railway Commission of Canada ordered the town to close Queen Street and in 1911 the Grand Trunk built a 700' steel pedestrian bridge over the yard. The yard closed, and in 1998 the town purchased the site.

Tuffy MacDougall

Don “Tuffy” MacDougall served “B” Troop of the 100th Light, Anti-Aircraft Battery out of
Guelph from March 1941 through “Cease Fire” May 8 1945 into September of 1945. The
100th was part of the 4th Canadian Infantry Division. Tuffy’s military story is mostly about
times with people away from the war and with those he served. He spoke less about combat
details. Those who knew Tuffy said he was about people and his experiences around them.

Old 81

Engine 81 is a steam engine nicknamed ‘Old 81’ by the residents of Palmerston. Resting on its own track in the Palmerston Lions Heritage Park, it proudly surveys the downtown area. ‘Old 81’ turned one hundred years old in 2010.

Harriston Train Station

The renovated Harriston Train Station serves as a seniors' centre and the location of the Harriston Farmers' Market. It is located on Arthur Street in Harriston.

Town Hall Theatre

Located in the heart of Harriston, the Town Hall Theatre is the home of the Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild. The theatre is frequently host to plays, concerts, dance recitals and other community events.

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