Welcome to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Erected in 1872, this heritage designated building served the community of Carleton Place as the Town Hall and lock up until 1879, and as Victoria School (as seen below) for 90 years until 1969.
The museum is run by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society with assistance from the Town of Carleton Place and the Township of Beckwith. Opening as the Victoria School Museum in 1985, the name was changed in 2011 to reflect the scope of its collection and its audience.
Our main floor exhibit gallery features permanent exhibits telling the story of settlement in the area and chronicalling the town's history. Twice yearly we present temporary, themed displays, and the artifact cases in the foyer change more often to reflect current interests.
Come and visit our displays and chat with our knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Attend one of our events! Join a guided walking tour in the summer months! History is alive and well at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum!
HELP US BAG THE BILL BAGG COLLECTION!!
Bill Bagg was one of our area’s best-known characters! Councilman, antique dealer, local history buff, dog lover and outspoken citizen; Bill sadly passed away last April. Bill’s antique shop, Mississippi Gorge, has been emptied, and all the contents are being sold at auction on Saturday, November 25th at Gallery 15 in Smiths Falls.
Bill’s shop was an Aladdin’s cave that held so many unique treasures! Original and unique farming implements from Beckwith Township …. locally manufactured tools and signs from Carleton Place … many, many vintage photographs of sports teams and local buildings…
These items can tell the stories of our people and our history in a way that written words simply cannot.
Will you please help us purchase and send these items to The Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Museum? We hope to acquire several items of historical value for safe keeping and eventual display in the Museum. The Museum does not have an acquisition budget and relies solely on donations from our generous community.
In honour of our 200 years of settlement in Beckwith Township and the village of Carleton Place please take a moment to donate, and thus ensure the continuation of our ability to protect and share our history. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you.
~Tax receipts available upon request ~ Donors have the option for public recognition on museum literature ~