Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 19, 2014

Artifact of the Week – Curling Stone

curling 008Made of wood and metal, this curling stone is one of 32 made for the 1984 Uniroyal Junior Curling Championships held in Cornwall. It was made to look like a 19th century wooden “stone” for a game to be played on the St. Lawrence River.

curling 005A silverplated napkin ring on a stand with two brooms and a curling stone, is engraved with Patron’s Prize 1902.

curling0001Curling was first played locally on the bay between Farlinger’s and Flanigan’s Point during the 1850s with beachwood stones. Moving to the river at the foot of Augustus Street, by 1882 local interest had grown to the point that the first Cornwall Curling Club was built.

curling0005The Club was destroyed by fire in 1908 and did not return until 1946, when it was rejuvenated under the direction of President Jack Sutherland.

curling0003Playing at the Water Street Arena, the Club incorporated in 1948 and after winning a complete set of granite stones in the Edinburgh competitions in Montreal, installed artificial ice in 1950.

George Sanders

George Sanders

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curling0007Opening ceremonies for the 10th Annual Uniroyal World Junior Championship, Cornwall Civic Complex, March 11, 1984.

By the mid 1990s, the Club had grown to more than 300 members and started fundraising for a new building. In 2005, the current six sheet facility near the Civic Complex and Aquatic Centre was built.

*If anyone knows the names of the gentlemen in the photos above we would love to know their stories.

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