2019 Summer Opening!

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The summer opening day for the South Frontenac Museum will be on Saturday, May 18, from 1-4 p.m. at the Museum at 5595 Road 38 (30 minutes north of Kingston on Gardiners Road) in Hartington.

The theme of this year’s exhibit is South Frontenac from 1900 to 1929 – Before, During, and After the Great War.  The centrepiece is our extensive collection of artifacts and records related to the 146th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force – a battalion created to recruit soldiers from the Counties of Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.  Supporting displays illustrate the contribution of women to the war effort.  There are also exhibits of tools and other items used on the home front.

All are welcome.

The museum will be open until Labour Day on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday afternoons from 1-4.

For more information call 613-376-3027 x2600.

Click here for directions.


Learn about the people of South Frontenac:  the Native Peoples who lived here first, the exodus of Loyalists from the United States, and the founding families who continue to live here.

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Work and Play

Browse through a sample of our collection of farm tools, kitchen implements, books, and documents from 50, 100, or 150 years ago.

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See photographs of your great-grandmother... with her class and teacher when she was eleven years old.

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Land and Homes

Explore the geography, the original townships and villages, and the unique architecture of the region

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Listen to people talk about life before the internet, electricity, or buying butter from a store.

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Times of War

Follow the history and look at the faces of the young men who joined up to fight a war in order to get to see the world.

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The South Frontenac Museum

We are dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of the people who have lived here over the centuries, of their struggles to scrape out a living for their families, and of the geology of this amazing landscape that defines and constrains the economic options.

We have a lot of work to do and need your participation!

We need extra­verts to serve as docents wel­coming visitors to the museum;  we are looking for creative types to develop new exhibits;  there are jobs for detail-oriented people to catalog new arti­facts;  and his­tory junkies can re­search and document our artifacts for our records or website.


Get Involved

Contact us to volunteer with the Museum, to join the Heritage Society, or to research the region.