Showcasing a Lifelong Passion

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Bill Dobson has a passion for our history so much passion he has taken his amazing collection of hand-made tools from the pioneer trades and now displays them in a full-time museum located at Montague House Farm. This has been a long-term plan of Bill’s – beginning with the purchase of his hundred-acre farm in 1968, then the slow restoration of the circa-1840 home and barn, and culminating with his long-time love for antiques. This antiques-dealer-turned-municipal-politician has made the focus of his museum to be 18th- and 19th-century tools associated with food, agriculture and related industries. Spinning wheels, wool winders, looms, flax-related items and textiles form part of the exhibit, and while you’re visiting you might want to take a peek at his daughter and son-in-law’s artisan sheep cheese business right there on the farm. For that matter, check out his wife Linda Hynes’s pottery studio, also on site. Learn more about this busy spot at 1105 Matheson Road in Montague Township by calling 613-283-5270.

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