Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum
Tourism Region: Norfolk County
Located in Norfolk County, the Spruce Row Museum represents the rural history of small towns in Ontario. Found in a 1930's Pickle Factory, the museum exhibits reflect the rich agricultural history of the area as well as on the settlement of the community.
About the Collections
WHAM features a variety of permanent exhibits and temporary exhibition areas. Throughout our galleries you’ll be able to explore the rich and diverse heritage of Waterford and its surrounding communities. Discover our cultural and institutional history as well as our past as an industrial force once boasting the largest canning factory in the nation, the foundry which revolutionized harvesting and our important link with the railroad - Lake Erie & Northern, Canada Southern, Canadian Pacific and the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo lines.
The newly renovated Agricultural Gallery features exhibits on the Cockshutt Plow Company with various examples of early Cockshutt machinery, explores the art of buggy and sleigh manufacturing and highlights Norfolk’s leadership in being the principal producer of over twenty crops nationwide. The Agricultural Gallery is also home to Norfolk County’s newly established Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 20000
-Photographic material from Waterford, Old Townsend Township and surround areas
-Local architectural history, the railway, and local business
-Norfolk County Land Records from 1850-1953
-Norfolk County Women's Institute Tweedsmuir History's
Architectural Records •
Prints and Drawings •
Other: Land Registry Records.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
WHAM is located in one of Waterford’s best known industrial landmarks “The Pickle Factory”. The museum exhibits the rich social, industrial, and agricultural history of the area through the use of interactive and engaging exhibits. Visitors can sort cucumbers for processing in the pickle factory or try their hand at milking our moo-seum cow, Bessie.
For researchers, we offer an extensive archival collection which includes several genealogical databases, microfilmed Waterford Star newspaper records, cemetery records and hundreds of early photographic images. We also house all of the Norfolk County Land Records dating from 1851 to 1953
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Toys and Games
: Non-motorized ground
Services & Activities
Research files and books available to researchers with research area. Some geneology information and a Norfolk County Land Registry Records from 1896 to 1960s.
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
We offer a range of educational programs for both elementary and secondary levels. They are curriculum based and compliment the current teaching guidelines.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
Other: March Break, PA Day Camps, and Summer Programming.
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 60+
Activities: An active volunteer base does everything from accessioning and cataloguing artifacts, build exhibits, research, school programming, and assist with fundraising.
WHAM Membership benefits include: Quarterly newsletter, a 10% discount in our gift shop, advertised discounts on select events, and advance notice of upcoming programs and exhibit openings.
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Publications and Products
159 Nichol Street
Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum
P.O. Box 457, Waterford, Ontario
Hours of Operation
Year Round •
March Break and Summer Children's Programming. Spring Arts & Craft Show. Summer Social - Peaches 'n Cream Picnic Day.
Open: Year Round:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Other times by appointment
Between Victoria Day and Thanksgiving also open on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Educational Programming and Guided Tours have set admission fees. Please see www.waterfordmuseum.ca for more information or call 519 443 4211.