A Virtual Walk Around the Old Morrisburg
Before the Seaway
Flooding - Early 1950s
This gallery of photographs from around the old town of Morrisburg were taken by the Reverend George H. Smith in the 1950s in the period before it was flooded by the St. Lawrence Seaway construction completed in 1958. They are presented with the generous permission of his daughter, Claire Delage, the current owner of all copyrights. We are continuing to add information to Titles and Descriptions for each of the pictures. We would appreciate any information and stories associated with the pictures that anyone can provide. Click here to send us your information .
Map of the Old Town Along Main Street
A Walk Down Main Street - From Lakeshore United Heading East.
HP75: The Falcon Inn & Main Street Looking East
This view is looking East from the South side of Main Street (now Lakeshore Drive) in front of the Lakeshore Drive United Church, just west of the Hwy 2 & Hwy 31 intersection. It shows the Falcon Inn owned by Lorne Kinkaid and downtown in the distance.
HP140-11: Main Street Approaching Hwy 2 & Hwy 31 Intersection
The South side of Main Street looking East just West of the Hwy 2/Hwy31 intersection with the War Memorial at the intersection. This photo shows the Texaco Gas Station owned by Arthur Edgerton. At the right is the home owned by Colbourne Hess.
HP29: Main Street Looking East at the Corner of Hwy 31.
This photograph shows Main Street looking East at the corner of Hwy 31, including the Texaco and Supertest gas stations across from each other. The War Memorial is on the right in the South East corner of the intersection.
HP140-12: The War Memorial in its Original Location at Ottawa Street & Main Street.
This photo shows the War Memorial Monument at the corner Hwy 2 (Main St.) and Hwy 31 in its original location. It was moved after the Seaway flooding and is now in front of the Morrisburg Justice Building on Fifth Street.
HP233: The Memorial Park at the Ottawa Street, Main Street Intersection - Looking South East.
This is the park with the band stand and the war memorial on Main St. at the South East corner of Hwy 2 & Hwy 31.
HP82: Hwy 2 / Hwy 31 Intersection (Main Street & Ottawa Street) - looking North West
With the Supertest gas station owned by Harry Duvall. At left is the Morrisburg Dairy owned by Lesley Presley.
HP153: Hwy 2 / Hwy 31 Intersection - looking North
The Supertest gas station was owned by Harry Duvall. At left is the Morrisburg Dairy owned by Lesley Presley. At right is the Sunoco gas station owned by Royal Murdock.
HP20: Looking North Along Ottawa Street (Hwy 31)
On the left is the Supertest gas station owned by Harry Duvall. Behind it is the Sunoco gas station owned by Royal Murdock. At the right is the Corner Grocery owned by Donald Beckstead.
HP140-13: Main Street Looking East from the Cross Roads
Main Street looking East from just East of the Hwy 31 intersection (from the North side of Main). In the centre of the picture is McNeely's Drug Store on the west side of the building with Harry Meikle's General Store on the east side. The building to the east is the Paladium Bowling Lanes (with restaurant and pool hall) owned by Henry Ing. The building to the right is Bell Telephone.
HP3A: Main Street Looking East
Walking along a bit further East, this photo shows Main Street looking East . On the left (north side) is the Robert Mattice grocery store, with him standing in front in the white shirt. On the right (south side) is the Bell Telephone building, the McNeely drug store, the Meikle general store, Sherman's Mens & Ladies Wear and the Playdium bowling lanes / restaurant / pool hall operated by Henry Ing.
HP14-33: Main Street Looking East
Continuing East on Main Street, on the left (north side) is the Beamish Store, Casselman's Shoe Store (Carmen Casselman), York Store, McGillis Hardware (Norman McGillis), Rexall Drugstore (Mac Wilson) and the New York Cafe. On the right (south side) is Sherman's Mens & Ladies Wear (Mac Sherman) and the Playdium Bowling Lanes.
HP4: Main Street Looking East
Further East along Main Street, on the north side (left) is the Bank of Montreal and the Bakery. On the south side (right) is the Men's Clothing Store owned by Graham Casselman and the Walrich Hotel (Walter Vinet).
HP48: Bank of Montreal
The Bank of Montreal building from the North side of Main Street.
HP31: Bakery, Gift Shop and the Cameo Theatre
Continuing down Main Street looking East, with the Bakery, Gift Shop and the Cameo Theatre.
HP81: Main Street looking East including the Cameo Theatre
Main Street looking East - with Bradfield Hardware, Post Office, Cameo Theatre, "NuStyle" Beauty Salon (Gertrude Aikman) and Coughtry's Garage.
HP97: Last Days of the Cameo Theatre
The Cameo Theatre - Note that, in this photograph, all the buildings to the East of the theatre have been demolished in preparation for the Seaway flooding.
HP137: Main Street looking East – with the Shell & Esso Gas Stations
Further down Main Street looking East onto the South side of the street – with the Shell Gas Station and the Esso Gas Station (Ford Dealership).
HP105: Cougler's Locker plant and the Texaco Gas Station
Main Street (Hwy 2) looking East at the East end of the town - with the Cougler's Locker plant and the Texaco Gas Station (Stewart Hope) on the North side of the street.
HP100: Canadian Customs Office for the Morrisburg/Waddington Ferry
The Canadian Customs and ticket office for the Morrisburg/Waddington ferry at the east end of Main Street.
HP23: The Rosedale Inn Tourist Home
The Rosedale Inn Tourist Home at the East end, on the South side of Main Street with the Stone house owned by Pearl Fetterley (married George Beavers) - purchased 1948 – 1958 by Arthur & Doris Hill.
HP245: The Belmont
The Belmont at the east end of Main Street. This private home was owned by Miss Isabella Farlinger
Turning Around at the East End of Main Street and Heading West Back Into Town.
HP69-9: The Old Molson Bank Building
Main Street looking West - with the old Molson Bank building on the right on the North side of the street.
HP28: NuStyle Beauty Salon & the Cameo Theatre.
Main Street looking West with the NuStyle Beauty Salon (Gertrude Aikman) and the Cameo Theatre on the North side of the street.
HP37-6: Post Office, Bradfield Hardware and the Dominion Store
Main Street looking west with the Post Office, Bradfield Hardware and the Dominion Store (Grocery) on the right, on the North side of the street.
HP19: Law Office, Billiard Parlour, Bank of Montreal & New York Café
Walking further West on Main Street. See the Law Office, Billiard Parlour, Bank of Montreal & New York Café on the North side of the street.
HP16: New York Cafe
Main Street Looking West, with the New York Café (Willie Hoy) on the North side of the street.
HP30: Ford's Jewellery Store, Family Outfitters, Quality Meat Market, Rexall Drug Store & McGillis Hardware
Continuing West on Main Street - with Ford's Jewellery Store, Family Outfitters (Men's and Ladies clothing) (Saul Rosenfield), Quality Meat Market (Roy Marcellus), Rexall Drug Store (Mac Wilson) and McGillis Hardware (Norman Mc Gillis) on the North side of the street.
HP39: McGillis Hardware, York 5c to $1 Store, Casselman Shoe Store and the Beamish Store
A little further West on Main Street, looking West - with McGillis Hardware, York 5c to $1 Store, Casselman Shoe Store and the Beamish Store on the North side.
HP204: Stores on Main Street
Stores on the North side of Main Street - John Casselman's Shoe Store, York 5 Cents to $1.00 Store, McGillis Hardware (Norman McGillis).
HP21: Bank of Nova Scotia Building - Including the Music Hall
The Music Hall was on the 3rd Floor of the Bank of Nova Scotia building on the South side of Main Street.
HP83: Canadian Club's Final Dinner at the Music Hall
Canadian Club's 1950s final dinner at the Music Hall (Inside the Bank of Nova Scotia Building on the South side of Main Street). Taken from the 3rd floor of the music hall with the grand piano on the stage. "All the World's a Stage" is painted above the arch. Live musical performances were held here.
HP102A: The Meikle Block
Main Street looking West from just East of the Main Street/Ottawa Street intersection. In the foreground on the South side of the street is the Meikle Block with Meikle General Store, McNeely Drug Store and Bell Telephone. Further West you can see the Lakeshore Drive United Church (where we started).
Around the Waterfront
HP15: Morrisburg Ferry Taking Passengers to Broder Island
Morrisburg Ferry taking passengers to Broder Island for the Morrisburg annual community picnic.
HP41: Broder Island Annual Community Picnic
Swimming and relaxing at the Broder Island annual community picnic.
HP80: The Broder Island Swimming Beach
A hot summer day swimming at Broder Island at the Morrisburg Annual Community Picnic.
HP43: Morrisburg Race Track.
Morrisburg Race Track at the Morrisburg Exhibition Grounds.
HP96: The Old Morrisburg Arena
The old Morrisburg Arena at Ottawa Street (Hwy 31) and Second Street.
HP98: The Collapse of the Old Morrisburg Arena
The old Morrisburg Arena at Ottawa Street (Hwy 31) and Second Street collapsed under the weight of snow after a major snow fall on February 17, 1958.
HP131: The Old Cook's Tavern
The Old Cook's Tavern that was on Highway 2, East of the old town of Morrisburg. It was moved to Upper Canada Village after the Seaway flooding in 1958.
HP300: Morrisburg High School
Morrisburg High School (formerly Morrisburg Collegiate Institute) was Morrisburg's first High School (Grammar School), established in 1864. It operated on the top floor of the public school. A separate building was erected in 1886 on the corner of Second and McKenzie streets. The high school was elevated to the rank of "Collegiate Institute" in 1890. The 1886 building and all school records were destroyed by fire in 1925. The present building was constructed between 1925 and 1926. It served the community for 41 years, closing in 1967.
The building still survives today on Ottawa Street and has been converted to house the South Dundas Township Municipal Offices and the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic.