Museums, Libraries and Archives
In and around the Grey Highlands area, there is a rich, diverse cultural and artistic community to be discovered and explored!
www.greyhighlands.ca is a wonderful site that gives you a general overview of everything you need to know about the area.
Right here in Markdale we have our very own Grey Highlands Public Library (formerly known as the Markdale Public Library and also known as The Walter Harris Memorial Library) You will find a section devoted solely to the abundant history of Grey Highlands (specifically made up of the former townships of Artemesia, Euphrasia, Osprey, Markdale and Flesherton) and surrounding areas. The Library even has a Grey Highlands Cultural Channel where you can find out about author readings, concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions, sports activities and special events going on in the area.
Museums & Archives
South Grey Museum
Close by in Flesherton, Ontario is the South Grey Museum which is definitely worth stopping by (once you have picked up your coffee and cinnamon twist from The Bakery next door). Here you will find an in-depth historical collection that represents the development and settlement of Southern Grey County. Some highlights of the collection include the hydro plant at Lake Eugenia, the Flesherton railway Station and Agnes Macphail, the first female member of parliament. On the Museum website, it is possible to access a fascinating data base of newspaper scans that date back to the late 1800s. In the dining room at The Markdale Manor Bed & Breakfast, you can see examples of newspaper print ads for the company that was run by the previous owner Solomon Hill and his son F.T. Hill.
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
Located approximately halfway between Markdale and Owen Sound is an incredible museum and archives that will keep you occupied for hours. If history is your thing, then the Grey Roots Museum and Archives is just the place for you!
A nice black and white photo from 1896 (when the Markdale Manor was built) of the old F.T. Hill Department store that used to stand on the corner of Toronto Street and Main Street in Markdale.