Cultural Heritage

Tannery Park

Nestled in Harriston’s downtown, Tannery Park lies directly over top of the Maitland River. Its features include a historic mural, flower beds, and a grass-lined path at the rear of the park.

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.

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.

Minto Arts Gallery

The Minto Arts Gallery is non-profit, volunteer-directed organization operated by the Minto Arts Council, and located on the 3rd floor of the historic Harriston Carnegie Library. The Arts Council is committed to using the Gallery to showcase local and distant artistic talent collections.

Norgan Theatre

The historic Norgan Theatre is one of the few municipally-owned film theatres in Canada. It is operated primarily by volunteers with administrative assistance from Town of Minto staff. The Theatre is equipped with a high-definition digital projector, producing better quality image for movie-goers. In addition to regular weekend show times, the Norgan hosts a variety of special performances including the Big Film Fest monthly film festival, comedy nights, concerts and workshops.

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.

Town Hall Theatre

A community theatre group, the Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild is an all-volunteer group based at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. The theatre building is wheelchair accessible by elevator and boasts professional-quality lighting, sound and staging facilities. The guild has been staging both well-known favourites and innovative modern shows for more than three decades. The grey-Wellington Theatre Guild stages productions each spring and fall.

Harriston Train Station

Great for small gatherings, family reunions, special occasions and meetings. The train station is tastefully decorated, maintaining its rustic values and is equipped with tables,chairs, a fully equipped kitchen and is also air conditioned. A park like setting is maintained around the building with flower beds, picnic tables, and even shuffleboard courts.

Frank Lambier Court Dedication

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

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 Historical Society

The Harriston Historical Society works towards the preservation of local history. Their largest collection of historical documents and artifacts is located on the top floor of the Harriston Library.

Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum

The Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum Association has turned the station into a museum of railway memorabilia for GTR/CNR out of Palmerston. Almost all of our displays have been donated by railway workers or their families. The museum is also home to the Town of Minto Heritage Association which has research materials available for genealogical research.