On Tuesday October 8th, some Members of Parry Sound's Rotary Club visited the West Parry Sound
District Museum (probably better known as “The Museum on Tower Hill”).
 
From left to right: Exhibit “creator” Graham MacDonald; Museum staffer Nadine Hammond – receiving cheque from Rotary Club President Dave Brunton; also pictured: Rotarians Sue Whitley, Linda West,and Agnes Wong. Photo by Rotarian Phil Youngs (Algonquin Station is centred between the 6 people).
On Tuesday October 8th, some Members of Parry Sound's Rotary Club visited the West Parry Sound
District Museum (probably better known as “The Museum on Tower Hill”). Rotary presented a cheque
for $2,000.00 to the museum, with the money going towards a fantastic model railway exhibit that
Graham MacDonald is building. The exhibit depicts some of the most historic Railroad sites that were
so vital to the growth of the Parry Sound District, circa 1920.
Mr. MacDonald has re-created certain sites with incredible accuracy and detail, ranging from
Algonquin Station, to logging operations, to the famous swing bridge; it also includes a roundhouse
scene; some trestle bridges; and even some locals fishing “off the rock”. His lifelike landscapes include
some classic rock cuts and Canadian Shield terrain. The exhibit is scheduled to open hopefully
sometime in 2020. At present, it remains a “work in progress”.
The railways were such a huge part of early growth in the District, bringing passengers up from the
Golden Horseshoe; and moving key products, such as lumber.
Meanwhile, the Museum continues to feature 2 other exhibits: The current feature exhibit is a Woman's
Fashion Exhibit, providing 100 years of women's fashion history. The second major exhibit currently
on show is a Fishing Community Exhibit, providing a history of commercial fishing on The Bay.
The Rotary Club of Parry Sound is very pleased and proud to contribute to such a wonderful project.
We urge you to visit the Museum, both now and again in 2020, when the new Railway Exhibit opens
for the public to enjoy. At the same time you can hike around the Museum grounds and tackle climbing
to the top of our Town's famous “Tower”.
Article & photos by Phil Youngs, Exec. Secretary of The Rotary Club of Parry Sound.
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