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Short Stories and Memories from the Dorset Heritage Museum

February 24, 2016 

Dorset's First Motorized Vehicle

The International Harvesters truck was ordered from Toledo Ohio in 1913 by HIRAM BARRY.  It was number 802 to have been built.  It was shipped to Hamilton Ontario,and then sent on to Huntsville.  It arrived in Huntsville in February 1913. It was such an occasion that the Huntsville Band was brought out to meet the new arrival.

The new motor wagon was driven over the ice of Fairy and Peninsula Lakes, across the height of land between North and South Portage, then across the ice of the Lake of Bays to Dorset.

The two men traveled with the International, one to teach Mr. Barry to drive it, the other gentleman was to teach him how to fix it! The payment these two gentlemen wanted was to be taken on a few fishing trips; for they had read how great our lakes and area were for fishing and hunting.

The main use for the International at that time was to cadge supplies into the Lumber Camps.

Hiram Barry owned and operated Dorset’s first garage and his family still do today!

Another Great Season

December 10, 2015

Well another great season is finished here at the Dorset Heritage Museum. Lots of visitors, our highest ever!! Positive comments, and wonderful volunteers. Thanks to each and everyone!
Now planning begins on next years exhibits, Heritage Day, and of course archiving new donated items. Next time we are open is on the Saturday of the Dorset Snowball, see you there!

Contact Us

Dorset Heritage Museum 
1040 Main Street Dorset, Ontario  
P0A 1E0
Phone: 705.766.0323

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