Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 4, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Souvenir dish depicting Cornwall’s old Post Office.


Ceramic dish with a gold rim showing a transfer image of the Post Office on the northwest corner of Pitt and 2nd Streets from 1882 (start of construction) to 1955.

The dish does not have a maker’s mark, but was likely made in Germany around 1900.

Donated to the museum in 2015 by Thom Racine.


The old gothic Cornwall Post Office sat on the site of the present day Seaway Building.  This photograph can be dated to the late Victorian early Edwardian era as the future King George Hotel is still called the Balmoral.

The Standard Building, which the Cornwall “Standard” newspaper now houses Gordon’s Jewelers.

While sorting out the archives I came across a book listing various local by-laws.

On June 25th, 1902 the Town of Cornwall passed a by-law to remove the Water Commissioner from Office.

On the same day it was decided “To raise money for the purpose of making changes in the Pump House and for the purchase of a water wheel, power pump and other appliances.

On August 27th, 1902 it was decided “To raise money to aid in establishing a Furniture Factory.

On August 18th, 1904 a by-law was passed “To raise the sum of $175,000 by way of loan to John B. Atchison to enable him to re-erect his sash and door factory and sawmill in the Town of Cornwall.


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