Imagine a young couple bundling up in layers of their warmest garments and climbing into their brand new ruby red cutter. Their feet would be kept warm by the heated coals tucked into the warming box nestled on the floor boards. A large buffalo robe held tight would guard against the chill of the wind as the horse began to pick up speed along the country lane. Jingling bells on the horse’s harness would alert neighbours of the arrival of the visitors. This is the image brought to mind by the very special arrival of a one-horse open cutter at the Middleville and District Museum. The Moulton family of James’ settlement area fulfilled the wishes of the late Thorpe Moulton by donating his family’s cutter to the Museum. A little research hints at it being a Portland Cutter with its side doors. The family believes it probably came into their possession as a means to get around the countryside for Thorpe’s parents, John and Edith (James) Moulton married in 1904.
The Portland Cutter’s arrival at the Museum coincides nicely with an outdoor Christmas event planned for Saturday, November 26th, 2022 taking place outside at the Museum. Families are invited to drop by the Museum grounds between 1 and 4pm to join in the fun of gingerbread cookie decorating and enjoy some hot apple cider, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. The decoration of the old schoolhouse door in Victorian style will provide the perfect background for a special family photograph just in time to be sent along with Christmas cards whether traditional or online. The Moulton cutter decked out nearby will be a lovely addition to any photo. The Middleville and District Museum is happy to receive this special donation and grateful for the generosity of the Moulton family in sharing it with the Museum allowing many visitors to enjoy it for years to come.
Be sure to dress warmly for this outdoor event.
Please note: the interior of the Museum will be closed during this event with only washroom access
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.