Monday, March 2, 2015

Media Mondays

Media Mondays

Happy Monday everyone - March is finally here, spring is on its way!
Ive decided to dedicate this post to a variety of interesting books and websites that have resulted in some interested visitors throughout the summer of 2014. We have had many visitors come to the museum in search of Ontario's forgotten places. I had never realized how many interesting books and websites that have "Tyrconnell" listed in them until I came across a book titled,
"Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage," by Ron Brown.

When I picked up the book it automatically opened up to page 94 and 95
which is titled "Tyrconnell"... Spooky!
The section on Tyrconnell gives a short history about the village, fishery and wharf. It also goes on to discuss St. Peter's Church and the museum which are still open and operational. Overall, the book is increasingly interesting, with a impressive collection of photographs that go with every location listed. Some other areas listed that are close to ours include Dawn Mills and Cashmere.
From there I was intrigued to find out what other resources mentioned Tyrconnell and I came across some very interesting websites. Some of which our visitors this past summer mentioned as reasoning for travelling out to the museum. Many of these websites list the museum as being haunted which is a very interesting rumour that some of our staff have grown to believe!

The first website is as follows:

This site discusses a short history of Tyrconnell as a pioneer settlement. The nice thing about this site is that it includes some artistic photography of some areas in Tyrconnell. Images include the barn at the Backus-Page House Museum, the honey house, museum house, beach and more.
Although the description states that Tyrconnell was most famous for the whiskey it produced as well as the location of a distillery which is incorrect. The Tyrconnell that is famous for whiskey production is located in Ireland.

The second website is as follows:

This website provides a list of areas that are considered Ghost Towns or Abandoned. Upon scrolling through the list I came across Tyrconnell. This site provides a short description of the area and how during the pioneer days it was popular as a grain port. It also goes on to describe how once the railway was created the port was no longer as busy and eventually fell in popularity.

Overall, these sites have grown in popularity and have allowed for many visitors to find our museum that can be considered "hidden in the boonies." Hopefully we receive more of these interested visitors during the upcoming summer! 

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