THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ST. CLAIR
Hours of Operation/Operation
Victorian Holiday Weekend 1-4PM
May Weekends 1-4PM
June & September 1-4PM daily
July & August 11-4:30 PM daily
Other Times Open by Appointment: Phone Curator 519-627-2622
Admission 2011 Prices
How To Get Here
3470 St. Clair Parkway, Sombra, Ontario
Just 35 minutes south of Sarnia, Ontario. From highway 402 take highway 40 south to Bentpath Line. Turn right onto Bentpath and travel 6km to St. Clair Parkway. Turn left onto St. Clair Parkway and follow for 3 blocks.
We are 20 minutes north west of Wallaceburg, Ontario. Travel highway 40 north along the scenic route of the St. Clair River to Sombra.
3470 St. Clair Parkway
July 1, 2012
August 5, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in Victorian times? What about when a loved one died way back then? What did people do? Come find out at Sombra Museum on Saturday, November 12th. 1-4pm. We are having a Victorian Day of Mourning and the Bury House will be set up in mourning as a home would be in the nineteenth century, an educational experience for all. For more information, contact us at 519-892-3982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Walk Down Memory Lane 1950s to 1990s
50 years of Fun, Fads, Food and Fashions
Sombra Museum fundraiser held September 10th was a success with 156 in attendance. Long time volunteer and supporter of the museum Velda Beggs along with the assistance of Curator Shelley Lucier organized the program. There was a walk down memory lane with exhibits of the fads and fashions over the 50 years from 1950-1990. All the clothes, purses, jewellery, scarves and hats that were modeled are part of the Jean Deyo Classic Collection that was donated to the museum this past winter. Jean was able to make the show and gave a speech about her memories of Becher. The Thornyhurst Women’s Institute baked cakes for the visitors to sample from the 50 years which consisted of spice, angel food, tomato soup and black forest. Rice crispy squares were also available which were popular from the 1950-1990. The show ended with a parade of bride dresses from local residents with a memorable dance by Selma and Gord Bicum who wore their wedding attire from the 1950s and waltzed across the floor. The Sombra Museum would like to thank the MC/speakers David Grant, Allan Anderson, Glenda Young, Ariel Mann, Gord Bicum, Fred Moss and all the volunteers especially the models who helped to make this event a memorable day.
New Building Updates
The new building is in its final phase. Last coat of paint is being applied this week along with the plumbing. Jobs left to do in the next couple of weeks are the sidewalk, kitchenette area in the meeting room, signage and landscape. Grand Opening will be in the spring of 2012.
Motor Coach Tours
Sombra Museum offers Motor Coach customers to explore the original Bury Home built in 1881 which is an excellent example of Victorian Architecture with eight furnished rooms. There is also a Marine Room, Agriculture & Technology Room and a Reference Room. Outside there is an 1830 log Cabin to tour which characterizes the lifestyle of the early Sombra pioneers and as you walk around the buildings various artefacts of the time period.
Maximum: 50 persons
Minimum: 10 persons
A Museum Tour takes 45-60 minutes. The Historical Tour 30-45 minutes.
Advance booking is required.
Available: by appointment
Phone 519-892-3982 or Curator 519-627-2622
Admission: Adults $3.00 each (bus driver and tour guide admitted free)
Hammond Bay Cruise
This 40 person Hammond Bay Cruise Ship highlights the importance of river travel and commerce. The crew narrates interesting facts about shipping the shoreline and the ships you encounter. The cruise is 0ne hour and boards at Leeland Gardens 4km south of Sombra Village.
Sombra Museum programs are adapted to meet the needs of your students and your curriculum topics. We would be pleased to assist you an any way possible. Some of the Programs we offer are, First Settlers to St. Clair Township, Pioneers of Sombra with hands on projects, History along the St. Clair River and surrounding area, Rum Running, Historical Walking tour of the Sombra Village and an 1880 Victorian Christmas . The 1830 log cabin illustrates the primitive lifestyle of the early pioneer through viewing and discussion of building and furniture construction, cooking and food preservation, potash production, heating and lighting.
Students: $1.00 each (Teacher and parents accompanying the group are admitted free)
This museum was established in 1959 by the Sombra Township Historical Society with the support of the people and businesses o the area. The “Good Old Days” are saved and remembered for all to share and enjoy
3470 St. Clair Parkway, Sombra, Ontario, Canada N0P 2H0
For a map to our location, click here. Just 35 minutes south of Sarnia, Ontario. From Highway 402 take Highway 40 south to Bentpath Line. Turn right on Bentpath and travel 6 KM to St. Clair Parkway. Turn left onto St. Clair Parkway and go 3 blocks and we are to the left.
If you travel by the Ferry from Marine City, Michigan, United States, go straight from the Ferry to St. Clair Parkway and turn left. We are down one block to your right.
How to Reach us
Explore the past of “ Sombra Township” with glimpse of pioneer living, Great Lakes shipping and a Victorian Home built by the Burys’ in 1881 with 8 furnished rooms and more.
What We Offer:
A Victorian Home- Step into the past of a Victorian home built in 1881 with 8 furnished room. Experience the hominess of the kitchen, and the elegance of the dinning room filled with crystal, silver and china. Walk into an old time parlour and music room to learn about entertainment in the past, or dream in a child’s bedroom with period clothing and toys. The master bedroom displays turn of the century personal effects. The gallery displays various themes e.g. Beach Wear, Victorian Fashions, Spinning Textiles.
Marine Room - illustrates the importance of the St.Clair River and Great Lakes to our history through photos and nautical artefacts.
An Agriculture & Technology Room - highlights tools for farming, smithing, logging, cooperage, photography, butter making, washing and more.
A Reference Room - has archives, census & cemetery records, photos, files on businesses, ships,schools, churches, and more. Research by students and public is encouraged any time. Our citizen files are a source for genealogical research!
An 1830 Log Cabin - characterizes the lifestyle of the early Sombra Pioneers.
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