Then & Now - The Blule Mountains
Town of Blue Mountains History Project
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Koury-Knapman Collection


The Koury- Knapman collection encompasses photographs taken and collected by Ken Knapman and Sureyea Koury- Knapman, the owners of The Depot Restaurant. 

The Knapmans bought the Craigleith train station in 1966. They restored the train station converting it into a restaurant on October 26, 1968 which they called The Depot. The Depot restaurant was open for 32 years. The Knapmans decorated the restaurant with artifacts and photographs from the area.  The Knapmans were able to amass a collection that documented the history of Craigleith, Collingwood Township, specifically the Craigleith train station and The Depot restaurant.

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Library History

History of libraries in the area, from the Thornbury Mechanics' Institute to the Leonard E. Shore Memorial Library.

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View our collection of historical maps of the area.

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A collection of historical photographs, scanned from the personal collections of members of the community.

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Rorke Collection

The Rorkes were a prominent pioneering family that resided in Collingwood Township. Many Rorke descendants held prominent positions throughout Collingwood Township. From postmaster to township clerk, the Rorkes helped build up many of the communities in what is now the Blue Mountains.

The Rorke Collection encompases a wide variety of photographs and documents of some of the Rorke descendants.

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