Olde Gaol has lots of new things to do

By Lindsay Advocate

After an exciting summer season, the Olde Gaol Museum is pleased to announce that we will now be open year round, offering an opportunity for community members and visitors to experience an impressive collection of exhibits that continue our tradition of telling our untold stories.

From 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday, visitors can explore what life was like in the jail from 1863, but also be inspired by local artists, learn the history of the families and businesses that helped Lindsay to grow into the town it is today, and many other exhibits of interest.

New exhibits opening soon: 

Horror of Old-Time Medicine: Not for the faint of heart! Just until Halloween this temporary exhibit will feature our collections of antiquated instruments used by medical doctors, revealing the medical practices of the past. Opens October 1st.

Lindsay Distilleries Ltd: Most people remember the “Old Mill” as Henderson’s Chick Hatchery or as the Needler & Sadler grist mill. What most forget is its brief tenure as Lindsay’s only distillery, Lindsay Distilleries Ltd. Though it lasted only from 1927-1930, there is much history to be told! Come out to learn which prominent Canadian financed the business, the types of liquors that were manufactured, and what led to its eventual bankruptcy. Opens October 1st to March 1st 2020.

Moustachery: This temporary exhibit will be on display only for the month of November. From the first known portrait of a shaved Iranian horseman with a moustache in 300 BC to the current cultural revolution to bring back the Mo’, moustaches and facial hair have gone through changes in fashion just as much as clothing styles. See all the shaving accessories and photographs of local men sporting great examples and take part in our Mo-seum challenge in support of the Movember Foundation of Canada by growing your own Mo’.

Winter Play: In the snowy weather outside, or toasty by the wood stove inside, you can experience people entertain themselves in the winter. From winter sports to board games under the Christmas tree, generations of families spent time together much as we do now. Technology has evolved but the importance of play and families spending time together has never diminished. Opens November 1st – March 2020.

Upcoming Events:

The Olde Gaol Museum will have an exhibit at the Lindsay Exhibition about the 165th anniversary of the Lindsay Agricultural Society. We would love to hear about your memories of attending the Lindsay fair.

Family Board Game Night: Join us on Friday, September 27 from 6pm-9pm for a fun night of old fashioned board games! Have fun playing crokinole, vintage board games from our collections, and other family favourites. There may be a few new games you would like to try! Cost: totally FREE

Historical Poker Run: On September 28, at 10:30am, the Olde Gaol Museum is hosting an historical poker run! Once you arrive at the museum, you will be handed a list of historical destinations around Kawartha Lakes. At each destination, you’ll get a playing card. At the end of event, when you arrive back at the museum, you’ll submit your best five cards. The best poker hand wins a prize! Bring your cars or bikes. This is a family event so spread the word to friends and relatives! Cost: $20 per car. The event is estimated to take approximately two hours.

Speaker Series: Gregory Drug Store: Back by popular demand! Join Jane Gill and Alan Gregory, descendants of Edmund Gregory, as they reveal 121 years of continuous pharmacy service to the town of Lindsay, along with the impact this family had on the community through civic duty and other ventures!

Dates:  Tuesday, September 17, 10:30am – 12pm

            Tuesday, September 24, 7pm – 8:30pm

Tickets: $20 at the door or RSVP by calling 705-324-3404 or by email as 

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