Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas – Holiday Closure Notice

December 2018 Newsletter

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family from The Lower Grand River Land Trust and staff.

Ruthven Park National Historic Site will be closed from December 22nd – January 6th inclusive. Please note, phone messages will be returned over the holidays.

We thank you for your support over the year and look forward to your involvement in 2019.

Left Photo – This post card was received by Mrs. Thompson for Christmas in 1910. Fun fact, postage cost 1 cent to send mail in 1910. Post card from Ruthven’s collection.

The Thompson staircase decorated with garland and the Victorian table top tree in the background.

This post card was received by Mrs. Thompson for Christmas in 1910. Fun fact, postage cost 1 cent to send mail in 1910. Post card from Ruthven’s collection.

Generous Donation from Morison Insurance to Ruthven Park’s Banding Station

Rick Ludkin, Chief bander – Ruthven Park receiving a cheque from Rachel LaMaitre (Marketing Manager) and Emily Broadhead (Registered Insurance Broker) both from Morison Insurance and Marilynn Havelka Ruthven CAO on right. Thank you to AVIVA Insurance on behalf o Morison Insurance for the donation. The funds will be used for needed equipment.

Balustrades work on the Mansion


If you noticed recently, the widow’s walk is missing. The wooden balustrade is now sitting in a contractors’ workshop for repair. We thank Parks Canada National Cost-sharing Program for financial support to complete the project.

Thank you! Each year our volunteer housekeepers decorate the mansion for Christmas – below are various rooms in the mansion.

L-R Early 1900’s tree in the double drawing room. Oh my, a 1950-1960’s aluminum tree. 1960’s Scotch Pine tree in the small parlour.

Christmas Events

Guests enjoy tea and presentation from Tom Reitz on Christmas in the early 1900’s. Tom has been an avid collector of Christmas memorabilia for over 35 year! After the talk, guests enjoyed a tour of the Thompson Mansion decorated for Christmas.

Left photo: Annie and Tara enjoy tea and cookies while making their Santa head ornament. Middle Photo: The tables all set and ready for guest.

Right photo: Jennifer and Samantha are busy crafting their Santa head take home craft. Samantha is a new member and chair of the membership committee.


Upcoming Events for 2019

February 10th – Be our Valentine. Hear about the romance of the Thompson Family over the generations.

February 16th – Calligraphy Workshop with Quills – Check out the website for more information!

February – Rag Rug Workshop – check back on website for dates and more details.

February 18th – FAMILY DAY – Join us for our Family Day, featuring special guests from Wild Ontario! At 1:00pm, enjoy a hike and scavenger hunt on Ruthven Park’s extensive grounds with light refreshments provided. Then stay for a 2:00pm live show with several amazing birds, hosted by Wild Ontario! The show will be followed by a “nose-to-beak” meet-and-greet.
Admission by donation. Appropriate for all ages. Please dress for the weather and ground conditions. Wild Ontario show is rain or shine! Pre-registration not required.

March 2nd – Ruthven Park NHS Grand Bridal Show

March 11-15th – March Break programs. Check out our website for full details.

March 15th – Irish Whiskey Tasting with host and whiskey connoisseur John Stirrit (member of the Order of the Quaich). Enjoy traditional music from the British Isles and Newfoundland with Billy and the “Goat Set”.

The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc. c/o Ruthven Park National Historic Site

243 Haldimand Hwy #54, Box 610, Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0 • 905.772.0560 email: info@ruthvenpark.ca

website: www.ruthvenpark.ca THE LOWER GRAND RIVER LAND TRUST INC.

The LGRLT is a non-government, not-for-profit, charitable, community-based organization. The LGRLT has a mandate to protect land for its natural, cultural and agricultural values, as well as for education and research in its jurisdiction.