The Middleville and District Museum received a $50 000 grant from the Regional Tourism Relief Fund in 2022 and the money allowed the Board to purchase items to enhance the outdoor space surrounding the Museum. A parking lot and circular drive was built to allow for event parking and to accommodate large vehicles such as buses and vans. Trees and shrubs were planted.
Picnic tables including an accessible table along with park benches were acquired. The Museum is hopeful that hikers and cyclists will be able to use the facilities as part of their adventures when travelling local byways. The Township of Lanark Highlands is collaborating with the Museum by providing a portable washroom on the grounds to be used when the Museum is closed. The washroom is wheelchair accessible. A large tent was purchased to provide shelter during events when inclement weather occurs. The opening weekend festivities went on as planned with the musicians and display tables all set up inside the tent for the public to enjoy. It provided a welcoming and comfortable space. It will be used for several events throughout the season and allows for events to go ahead regardless of a little rain.
The acquisition of additional land from Lionel Easton allowed the Museum to begin the process of developing the outdoor space around the Museum. This year, a garden has been planted to recognize this gesture and fittingly it is on the same ground that Lionel's late wife, Audrey Easton once tended a flowerbed.
It is the Middleville and District Museum's hope that the grounds around the Museum will be used by community members and Museum visitors. It provides a lovely rest stop for hikers and cyclists as well as a space where community can gather. Drop by to check out the ongoing development of this space.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.