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Feature Article - 31, 2007

A living railway museum

Last fall, at the Central Frontenac Railway Museum’s AGM, members agreed with the Board of Directors to moth-ball the rebuilding of the Sharbot Lake Station at its original site due to the frustrations over land ownership issues. However great concern was voiced over the prospect of losing the collection, acquired over the years, and donated by Sharbot Lake resident, Gary Cooke.

Since then various options have been considered, and with input from many parts of the community, a new vision has emerged. Vice-chair, Ann Walsh has called it “A Living Museum”.

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In essence, the community becomes the museum. The aim is to have the artifacts and related information displayed throughout the Central Frontenac community with an emphasis on places where the railway played an important part in life of the past. A brochure will be developed to accompany this display noting the locations of the artifacts so that interested people can tour the “Museum”.

While the details are still being worked out, the Board sees larger weatherproof items located at strategic places, where they can be seen by residents, cottagers and passing tourists. Businesses and other public establishments will be approached to display smaller items that may have a connection to their operations. The display board opposite the township office will continue to show off photographs and historical information.

It is hoped that these displays will encourage people to take an interest in the township’s railway past and that they will be a positive addition to the community. To participate or for more information call Sally at 613-279-2777 or Ann at 613-279-2908.

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