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More hands needed to re-erect Harwood railway station

Nasmith, Cecilia
Cobourg Star - Wednesday, July 04, 2007


A talented and energetic group of people are working hard to turn the former Harwood railway station into a museum on Rice Lake.

The station (which was built in 1853) had been transported to Roseneath in 1901 and made over into the Orange Hall. It was donated back to Friends of the Harwood Waterfront, who raised money to dismantle it and store it away toward the day when it could be reassembled on a site of its own in Harwood.

Fundraising head Burke Van Valkenburg has had no trouble with that part of the project, because people are so enthusiastic about the idea. But their major need now is helping hands. That's right - the more volunteers, the better. Ideally, these volunteers would be willing to help with marketing material, research, presentations, event planning, public relations, accounting or legal issues.

Some very attractive brochures have been printed up and distributed, with an 1896 photo of the old station on the front (at right - photo courtesy McCord Museum), but you can find out more as well by contacting Burke at 905-377-1781 or
You can also support the cause at their latest fundraiser on July 15 - the Harwood Waterfront Festival and Boat Parade at the Harwood town dock (at the end of Front Street).
It begins at noon with the kids' bicycle parade from Harwood Hall (with prizes for the best-decorated bike), and includes a barbecue, crafts booths, exhibits, face-painting and a 1:30 p.m. boat parade that starts at Holidae Holm (with prizes for the best-decorated boat).

To register, or for more information, call Ron Niebergall at 905-342-2625 or Jack Stoddart at 905-342-3776.