Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | October 3, 2013

Artifact of the Week – Cornwallis Hotel ashtray, room key, postcards and letterhead.

cornwalis ashtray key

An ashtray from the Grill Club at the Cornwallis Hotel.  Now that we can no longer smoke in public places, ashtrays have become nearly obsolete and very collectable.  Key for room 407 at the Cornwallis.  The Museum has numerous photographs and postcards of this hotel, but very few artifacts.  We would be interested in having more in our collections.  Contact Ian at if you know where any are.


Letterhead from the Cornwallis located at 2nd St. West across from Cornwall’s new Court House..

cornwallis0002Advertising card for the fireproof Cornwallis Hotel.  Constructed in 1928, the hotel was severely damaged by fire in 1977 and subsequently demolished.  The site is now a parking lot.

cornwallis0003The Cornwallis Dining room was the place to be seen at one time.  The dining room held the banquet marking the incorporation of the City of Cornwall in 1945.  Former U.S. President Truman was one of its more illustrious guests.  The dining room’s most famous guest, however, Queen Elizabeth II, never made it for lunch, as her Royal Yacht was held up in fog during her 1959 Canadian tour.


The SD & G Historical Society’s newest publication, the generously illustrated CORNWALL SCRAPBOOK, illustrates the story behind numerous Cornwall landmarks  The book will be available after October 26th, 2013 at the Cornwall Community Museum and from the Friends of the Cornwall Public Library for $25.

Images ©Cornwall Community Museum

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