The Norfolk County Archives & Eva Brook Donly Museum

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Thomas Jefferson Mulkins purchased the property, Town lot 2, in 1842 and by 1848 he had built the Georgian style home for himself, his wife and his eight children.

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Step back in time and walk through the Eva Brook Donly Museum as we celebrate a Victorian Christmas.

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Victorians required ritual and etiquette for all occasions, this included death and mourning. Learn why funerals were held in their homes and why it was called a “wake.”

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An exhibition of the very best in broken objects! This not so typical museum display showcases uniquely repaired china, pottery, glass, and house-hold objects spanning 150 years.

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Victorians led the tradition of the Afternoon Tea, a relatively recent past time developed in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Explore the culture of sipping tea, socializing with friends, and enjoying light refreshments.

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The upstairs gallery space showcased Eva Brook Donly’s art. A native of Simcoe and a famous artist, the space was used to show visitors the history and the legacy Eva Brook Donly left to the town of Simcoe as well as showcasing her artwork.

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This mini exhibit highlighted schools in Norfolk County at the turn of the 19th century. A display of William Edgar Cantelon paintings depicting schools from the early 1800’s were displayed along the main gallery wall.

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