Permanent Exhibits

Mapping The Way Gallery

This permanent exhibit showcases numerous artifacts from early settlers that came to Woodstock. Detailed information explains why the United Empire Loyalists and British Half-Pay Officers settled here in the 19th century. Take a look at what an early settler's home may have looked like. Try out the water pump and test your skill in the artifact guessing game.

Building a City Gallery

What does it take to build a city? In Woodstock's case it was its central location. The city was located on the old Native trail called the Detroit Path, which became the Old Stage Road. In 1793 Simcoe traveled this area and created "Governor's Road" or what we know as Highway 2 that goes right through Woodstock. By the 1850's railroads came through Woodstock and by the 1960s Highway 401 linked Woodstock to the whole continent and beyond. Transportation systems brought early settlers to the area to farm the rich soil, and later business and industry located here. These elements will flow from one to another, telling the story of how Woodstock changed from a small agrarian village to a boom town thanks to the railroads and the establishment of an industrial city of the twenty-first century.

Oxford Rifles Gallery

The story of the Oxford Rifles begins with their formation in 1798 as the Oxford Militia, becoming a regiment in1863 called the Oxford Rifles. The military history of Oxford County spans over one 150 years. In that time the Oxford Rifles were a part of most of the military actions that took place in Canada like the War of 1812 and the Fenian Raids, and later international conflicts such as the Boer War, WWI and WWII.

Mayors 1851 to 1900

From 1851 through to today almost 70 men and women have held the position of Mayor in Woodstock. This micro-exhibit will have photos and information on Woodstock's reeves and mayors, highlighting their achievements and involvement with the history of the City of Woodstock. This exhibit will be displayed in the original council chamber inside the Woodstock Museum, formerly City Hall.

Council Chambers

Prior to changing locations, Woodstock's city hall was located in the present day site of the Woodstock Museum NHS. City council met on the first floor in the council chambers. In 1980, the entire old city hall was refurbished back to its original state. The council chambers look the same way it did when the building was built in 1879.

Council Chambers

Barber Shop

Les McKerral owned several prominent barber shops in Woodstock throughout his lengthy career. His third and final barbershop was once considered one of the foremost barber shops in Western Ontario. This micro-exhibit is one of the chairs from the barbershop, complete with tools, awards that belonged to Les and accessories. It is just like a walk into the past.

Shifting Landmarks

 Woodstock Shifting Landmarks micro-exhibit celebrates organizations, businesses, events, places and buildings that are unique to the community. Landmarks can be altered in appearance and location depending on the changes that occur within the surrounding community. The City of Woodstock has changed rapidly since it was settled as a village in 1851. The amount of landmarks within the city has grown as our boundaries have expanded. This exhibit is based on photographs taken by Woodstock Museum NHS and the historical photographic collection of the Woodstock Museum NHS.

Great Murder Trial

 The Great Murder Trial took place in the Museums Grand Hall and was consider the greatest murder trial of the 1890's. This micro-exhibit tells the complete story of the trial and features artifacts from it.

Woodstock Firefighting

 This micro-exhibit is built around a 1920 Hand Drawn Fire Cart that was used at Oxford Regional Centre.  This exhibit also contains other early firefighting equipment used in Woodstock as well as a collection of fire safety poster.

James Stewart Manufacturing Company

This micro-exhibit is features a collection of James Stewart Manufacturing Company stoves, famous for their Good Cheer line of products.

James Stewart Manufacturing Company Display



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