Preserving the history of the Little Claybelt Region 1890s to 1950s
Welcome to the
Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum
Open mid-June to third week of August.
The Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of South Temiskaming through the collection of artifacts and documentation that focuses on the settlement history of the Little Claybelt.
Our current exhibits focus on the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway (1902-1946) and Ontario Northland Railway (1946 onwards), local hardware stores from the early 1900s, and a collection of artifacts from a late resident of New Liskeard.
The T & NO Railway reached New Liskeard in September 1904. Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway was renamed the Ontario Northland Railway in April 1946. Our display includes artifacts from the railway and photos of most of the train stations north of North Bay. We also have artifacts on display from the collection of Dan Spiegelman.
Another new display includes woodworking tools, toys, kitchen utensils, garden and farm tools, as well as photographs of hardware stores from the past such as George Taylor Hardware, Woods Hardware, and Grayd’s Hardware.
A collection of artifacts which once belonged to New Liskeard resident the late Vic Heroux is a new display for this season.
The Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum needs your support. Memberships are only one way you can show your support. To become a member, go here to get the membership form ($15 individuals/ $25 family).
You can also support our museum by visiting, volunteering, or sponsoring. Email here to volunteer, or discuss a project you might like to pursue. Support our fund raisers (such as Catch The Ace 4 History). Purchases from our Gift Shop go a long way to help. We have many local history books for sale in our gift shop; a list of our available titles is here and a PDF copy of this book list is available here. Sponsoring special exhibits is welcome. Volunteers are needed in a number of areas.
Most of all, we'd like you to visit us at the Museum. See for yourself what is happening. Admission is free, and the history is yours. If at all possible, make this the year you come to see it all for yourself.