A Stay Up North

The cup and the corresponding saucer (1997.21.01.02) were found in a storage shed at Bon Echo.

These two pieces were found still packed in straw at the bottom of the original barrel in which they had been shipped from Japan. There were witnesses who recorded seeing the plates and bowls of this set in use at the inn. The majority of the set were destroyed when the inn burnt down in 1936.

Located along the “narrows” of Mazinaw Lake, the inn was built by Dr. Winston Price (1870-1948), who was born in Newburgh, Ontario. Weston Price studied dentistry in the United States before opening a clinic in Cleaveland, Ohio. Weston married Florence Aulborey (1871-1942) who was born in Brampton, Ontario. For their honeymoon Weston and Florence rented land from David Weese a farmer along Mazinaw lake.

In 1899 the couple bought an area of land along Mazinaw lake, from the Weese and Tapping families, with the intention of building a lodge. The inspiration for the new inn deemed ‘Bon Echo Inn’ was inspired by hotels in the Adirondack Mountains.

Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Macpherson House & Park hours

Closed for the season – stay tuned for 2023 updates

Archives Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm*, 1pm –4pm

*closed from 12pm –  1pm 

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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