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  • Geographic Location: Port Colborne
  • Abraham Neff Photograph
        A photo of Abraham P. Neff (December 7, 1802- December 16, 1874) wearing traditional Mennonite clothing. He was 10 years old when Michael Graybiel made the bellows for his father Peter Neff in 1812 to begin the Neff metal-working tradition. Abraham came form a Mennonite family of strong faith who ...
      A photo of Abraham P. Neff (December 7, 1802- December 16, 1874) ...
  • The Graf Family and Weaving in Port Colborne
  • Marriage Certificate Between Peter Neff and Maria Durrin
        A marriage certificate between Peter Neff and Maria Durrin. Clockwise starting from top right: Peter Neff a son of Abraham Neff. Bottom Right: was born the 23 October, 1780 in Yorck County, Pennsylvania. Bottom Left: his wife Maria Neff is born Durrin. Was born the 13 November 1779, Top Left: ...
      A marriage certificate between Peter Neff and Maria Durrin. Clockwise starting from ...
  • Abraham Laing's Lead Bucket and Metal Ladle
        A lead bucket and metal ladle that are believed by some to have been used for making bullets. The ladle has a copper scoop and measures 35 cm long with a hook on the end. The bucket, with a metal handle, is stamped with what looks to be an A ...
      A lead bucket and metal ladle that are believed by some to ...
  • Graybiel Blacksmith Ledger - 1791 to the mid 1800s
        The brown, hard covered Graybiel ledger, with handwritten ink entries from 1791 to the mid 1800s, is believed to have originated in Pennsylvania with the Graybiel Family and ended in the Niagara Peninsula with John Graybiel Jr. (b.1809) According to the ledger, John Graybiel Sr. (1752-1801), took over the business ...
      The brown, hard covered Graybiel ledger, with handwritten ink entries from 1791 ...
  • Cannonballs- C. 1812
        Two cannonballs, one smaller and lopsided was found in a backyard on Catharine Street in Port Colborne and the other larger one was found elsewhere in the city. It is believed that military stores and munitions were often kept in the Sugar Loaf area and would be quickly buried or ...
      Two cannonballs, one smaller and lopsided was found in a backyard on ...
  • Musket Balls- c. 1812
        These five musket balls were found on Nickel beach at a home on Lakeshore Road East, Port Colborne Ontario. It is believed that during the War of 1812 many military stores and munitions were secreted or buried in haste to prevent their seizure by advancing American troops. This would most ...
      These five musket balls were found on Nickel beach at a home ...
  • Oil Painting of Gravelly Bay and Sugarloaf Hill in Port Colborne
        An oil painting of Gravelly Bay and Sugarloaf Hill in Port Colborne. It is most likely a view taken from near Tennessee Avenue and Steele Street. The War of 1812 Veteran "Big John Steele", John Steele's log Tavern Inn, built 1824, is in the forground and Christian Zavitz's log home ...
      An oil painting of Gravelly Bay and Sugarloaf Hill in Port Colborne. ...
  • Cannonballs- C.1812
        This set of four cannonballs were found at Gravelly Bay in Port Colborne. It is believed that the cannonballs were found here because of their proximity to Zavitz Mill. During the war, the mill would most likely have been protected with one or more cannons against possible marine attacks or ...
      This set of four cannonballs were found at Gravelly Bay in Port ...
  • Proclamation By Lt. Col.  Jas. P. Preston of the Invading American Army
        A Proclamation dated 30 May, 1813 by Lt. Col. James P. Preston of the invading American Army upon the taking of Fort Erie during the War of 1812. He warns Canadian residents to resist taking up arms against him. He also invites the residents to voluntarily sign their names to ...
      A Proclamation dated 30 May, 1813 by Lt. Col. James P. Preston ...
  • Cannonball- C. 1812
        Cannonball that was found at the south end of Elm Street, near the lake, in Port Colborne. It is believed that military stores and munitions were often kept in the Sugar Loaf area and would be quickly buried or secreted to prevent their seizure by advancing American troops. This was ...
      Cannonball that was found at the south end of Elm Street, near ...
  • Tied up along west harbour wall, Port Colborne
        This stereoscopic view depicts a sailing ship tied up on the west harbour wall in Port Colborne, just south of the guard lock of the Second Welland Canal. It was taken from the west side of the harbour looking northeast. Some of the buildings on East St. are in the ...
      This stereoscopic view depicts a sailing ship tied up on the west ...
  • Vessels in the Port Colborne harbour
        This stereoscopic view depicts two steamships and one sailing vessel tied up on the west side of the Port Colborne harbour. The photographer was likely on the swing bridge at the south end of the guard lock of the Second Welland Canal, looking south. The photo includes buildings along West ...
      This stereoscopic view depicts two steamships and one sailing vessel tied up ...
  • Early Images of Port Colborne: Stereoscopic Views from the late 1870s
        There are 11 unusual stereoscopic cards in the archival collection of the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, which, by virtue of their age, the local scenes they depict, and their uniqueness represent a significant visual resource. Stereoscopes and stereoscopic views first became popular in the 1850s, with commercial production ...
      There are 11 unusual stereoscopic cards in the archival collection of the ...
  • Port Colborne harbour
        This stereoscopic view of the Port Colborne harbour from the late 1870s depicts several vessels. Taken looking southeast from West St., it shows the telegraph poles along West St. in the foreground. In the background is the east side of the harbour, with the Grand Trunk Elevator, railway yard, and ...
      This stereoscopic view of the Port Colborne harbour from the late 1870s ...
  • Excavation of Third Welland Canal guard lock at Port Colborne
        This stereoscopic view, taken between 1876 and 1880, shows part of the excavation for the new lock of the Third Welland Canal in the foreground, with the west side of the harbour in the background. The photo was taken from the edge of East St. looking southwest. On the left ...
      This stereoscopic view, taken between 1876 and 1880, shows part of the ...
  • Port Colborne harbour and the Grain Elevator
        This stereoscopic view depicts several ships in the Port Colborne harbour between 1876 and 1880. The photo was taken from the west harbour wall looking southeast. The Grand Trunk Grain Elevator on the east harbour wall is in the background. The dark-coloured vessel along the wall is the Jessie Scarth. ...
      This stereoscopic view depicts several ships in the Port Colborne harbour between ...
  • In the guard lock of the Second Welland Canal at Port Colborne
        This stereoscopic view shows a ship and a tug headed downbound (northbound) in the lock at Port Colborne, with the lock gates closed. Taken from the pedestrian/ vehicular swing bridge looking north, the photo shows the swing bridge for the Grand Trunk Railway in the background, and on the right ...
      This stereoscopic view shows a ship and a tug headed downbound (northbound) ...
  • Excavating the guard lock of the Third Welland Canal at Port Colborne
        This stereoscopic view depicts the excavations for the new lock at Port Colborne for the Third Welland Canal between 1876 and 1880. The photo was taken looking north from a temporary trestle bridge across the excavation. In the background, from left to right, is the Grand Trunk Railway’s swing bridge ...
      This stereoscopic view depicts the excavations for the new lock at Port ...
  • The propeller, Asia, in Port Colborne harbour
        This stereoscopic view depicts a steamship, the propeller, Asia, tied up alongside several other vessels on the western side of Port Colborne harbour in the late 1870s. The photographer took this photo, looking southwest, from the temporary trestle bridge over the excavation for the new lock of the Third Welland ...
      This stereoscopic view depicts a steamship, the propeller, Asia, tied up alongside ...
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