The rich history of Marmora Township is the story of mining in Eastern Ontario. Since 1820 this Township has played a leading role in the development of iron mining. In addition, copper, lead, silver, gold and lithographic stone have been extracted.
Iron mining was an important industry in the area during the 19th century. The village was originally named Marmora Iron Works. Gold and silver were also mined at nearby Cordova Mines, now a ghost town. A nearby plant processes talc and dolomite.
Marmora was separated from Marmora and Lake Township and incorporated as a village in 1901.
On April 14, 1821, the government passed an act setting up Marmora Township and attaching it to Hastings County as per Charles Hayes’ request to do so in 1820. The new Township took its name from the Latin word for 'marble' because of an ‘immense rock of most delicate white marble’. This giant rock stood on the southeast corner of Crowe Lake. The Lake took its name from the Crowe Indians that lived along the shore.
Marmora Township was opened for sale in 1821, but there was little settlement outside of the newly created mining village. Although mining and lumbering have been vital to the Township, agriculture has probably supported more people in the area since 1850. A remaining legacy of iron mining is the Marmora Open Pit Mine, a man-made wonder-lake, seventy five acres in area, six hundred and thirty five feet deep, filled with four hundred feet deep of clear blue spring water that is steadily rising to the top.
Marmora was re-amalgamated with the surrounding townships of Marmora and Lake in 2001 to form a newly expanded Municipality of Marmora and Lake.
It is also famous because it is said that Apparition of Mother Mary with Child Jesus took place here, in the 1990s.
Camping and other outdoor recreational activities such as ATV trail riding, fishing, and hunting are very popular for locals and those on vacation. The Crowe River flows into Crowe Lake, which boasts excellent fishing for bass, muskie, pike, walleye, and a few other types of fish.
Since 1979 Marmora has held the Marmora Cup annual dog-sled races. However the 2006 and 2007 races were canceled due to weather.
Marmora is the site of the Marmora Country Jamboree, a country music festival that is held every September. Recently however, the town split from the former organizers (The Warren Family), because the township wanted more money. There are now two "Annual Country Jamborees" held in Marmora each year. The annual festivities of Punk Fest led by Warren Hastings, a.k.a Spider, were held here for several years before the township put them to an end, because they would not allow medics on site or supply washroomsfresh water to the party-goers. "Punks" and bands from all over the world traveled to Marmora for the weekend's events.
Former home of The Marmora Lakers Mens Senior AAA Hockey Team. It was recently sold in early 2008.
Home of The Classic Cruisers (Car Show), running every Thursday at 6pm throughout the summer.
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