Preserving the Past
Protecting the Present
Enlightening the Future
Blacksmith and Carriage Shop
21 Laidlaw Street South
Cannington, ON L0E 1E0
Restore an 1875 blacksmith and carriage shop, located on its original, downtown site.
Provide a head office for the Cannington Historical Society in a restored heritage building.
Preserve and promote the historic structure to add to the streetscape revitalization in the downtown of the former Village of Cannington.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.
The Blacksmith Shop, complete with forges, will be restored as a working museum and display area for the Historical Society.
The lower level Carriage Shop will be re-purposed into a fully accessible community meeting room.
The former main floor office will be re-purposed and used as a Universal washroom.
The second floor Carpenter Shop, over the Carriage Shop, will continue to be utilized as a restoration / storage area.
The former second level Show Rooms will be utilized as an office space, boardroom and resource room / library.
The 3rd floor Custodian’s Residence will be used for artifact storage.
Support the mission and vision of the Cannington Historical Society.
Develop within the heritage community a network of resources to actively advise on built heritage preservation and ‘best-practices’.
The maintenance and enhancement of this structure, from a by-gone era once a fundamental feature of every village in rural Ontario, is essential to a living museum; we can learn from this community.
Develop within the former village a spirit of participation to cultivate a vibrant community with an appreciation for, and experience of, local history.
Develop within the collaborative region an inclusive venue for voluntary activities without physical limitations or social restrictions.
Develop, under the leadership of the Cannington Historical Society, a wider-community purpose of revitalization and pride.
Develop a tourist destination as a living museum and community meeting room.
Cannington & Area Historical Society