Ward Manor

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Ward Manor
Ward Manor : swimmers in the Swimming Hole - Image Source

Collection Facts


Historical Context

In 1926 William Ward of the Ward Baking Company funded the renovation of the river estate known as Almonte for purposes of creating a home for the elderly in the 'gray manor house', to be managed and run by his friend William Matthews. Soon, Matthews extended the operation to include summer camps for girls and boys, and summer bungalow rentals to poor families in some 56 buildings extending from Cruger's Island, through what is now Tivoli Bays, to the "Homestead" mansion at the southern edge of the village of Tivoli.

Scope of Collection

This photograph collection, owned by William Matthews' grandaughter Donna Matthews, document the activities and the lives that were led at Ward Manor for more than 30 years.