Maggie’s Bonnet

This bonnet was worn by Margaret Lawson on her wedding day in 1889. Margaret (Maggie)was born in Adolphustown.

On September 3rd, 1889, Maggie married John Magee, a postmaster. They had 6 children and lived their life in Adolphustown. Maggie passed away March 29, 1939 at 76 years of age.

The bonnet was a popular style of hat worn much earlier in the century. Bonnets were the hat of choice in the 1830’s to 1850’s, though the style of bonnet did not remain the same for more than a few years at a time. It is difficult to find examples of bonnets worn as bridal headpieces. However, it is known that straw bonnets were often wore during the summer months, which could explain why this untraditional hat was worn as the bridal headpiece during this early September wedding.

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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