Marmora is located between the towns of Madoc and Havelock along highway 7 in Hastings County. The name Marmora is taken from the Latin word for “marble”. The area was known for its rich iron content and mining operations began as early as the 1820’s to extract and smelt this mineral. Today you will find the remains of the water-powered refinery along the eastern bank of the Crowe River while the northern bank of the Crowe held the richest ore deposits. At its prime, the area was home to as many as two dozen mines. Perhaps the most successful of the mines was that of the Marmoraton which opened in 1955. The Marmoraton was owned by Bethlehem Steel Mills of New York and exported iron ore pellets.
In 1953, before the Marmoraton could open, engineers first had to blast through 120 feet of limestone before reaching the high-grade ore, which was underneath. Once blasted out, the open pit mine measured approximately 1700 feet by 1200 feet and reached 600 feet deep. The mine employed some 300 men who worked to fill the 30 to 35-railway cars daily for transport south to Picton port where it was loaded into boats. The mine produced 520,000 tons of pellets annually. When the mine closed in 1979, it had mined almost 1.3 million tons of iron ore. Over time, underground streams and rainfall have slowly filled two thirds of the mine with water. So much so that it is now officially classified as a lake.
Deloro Mine Site
The Deloro Mine Site has a rich and important history. From its place in the Madoc Gold Rush, to its innovations in creating and producing metals and alloys, Deloro played a key role in the history of mining and industry in Canada. There are many stories to be told about the Deloro Mine Site, its geology, its industry, its innovation and its people. There are also important lessons to be learned about the consequences of reckless exploitation of the environment – a legacy of our uninformed past – and the extensive cleanup that must follow.
While the first priority is to complete the cleanup of the mine site, the ministry is working with the community, heritage organizations, and other provincial ministries to preserve and promote the important natural, industrial, social and environmental history of the Deloro Mine Site. A heritage plan will be developed for the site that will include preservation of several remaining structures on the site, and the possible creation of on-site walking trails and commemorative plaques once the cleanup is complete.
Miners’ Loop Tour
Visit the Marmora Tourism Centre for your map of the self-guided Miner’s Loop Tour featuring four great sites including the Deloro and Marmora Mine sites. For more information contact 613-472-1515
Summer Farmer’s Market
The Farmers Market is held at Memorial Park Saturdays from May – October (Thanksgiving weekend. The Market hours are 8am – 2pm weekly. There are over 30 vendors at the market this season. You can find all kind of great products at the market that can include baked goods, fresh produce, meats, flowers and plants, jewelry, wood working, fishing supplies, crafts, quilts and much more.
Saint Mathilda’s established in 1825 on the west bank of the Crowe River, was one of the very first Catholic churches in the interior of Upper Canada. Over the years, it served as a first church for other faiths as well. After 1875, when the new Roman Catholic Church was build, Marmora’s first church was abandoned.
Greensides Farm – Mother of Divine Justice www.greensidesfarm.com
At Farm In Canada, Claims Persist That The Blessed Mother Often Makes Visits
The owner of a farm in Canada where 30,000 have traveled in homage to the Blessed Mother asserts that apparitions have occurred for 14 years and continue to take place. The farm, located in Marmora, Ontario, about 120 miles east of Toronto, has been the site of numerous claims since 1991, when phenomena erupted during a reunion of those who had journeyed to the famous apparition site of Medjugorje in former Yugoslavia. The farm was owned by John Greensides, who died several years’ back, and his wife, Shelagh, 80, who is in the process of turning the land over to Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The local diocese based in Kingston has issued no official comment on the site, according to a diocesan spokesman, although a warning was issued from a bishop during the 1990s on the potentially harmful effects of staring at the sun.
Many who have visited claim to have seen the solar orb act strangely — a claim made at a number of alleged apparition sites — or to catch an actual glimpse of the Blessed Mother. Among visitors to the farm have been Ukrainian mystic Josyp Terelya, Medjugorje seer Ivan Dragicevic, and Venezuelan seer Maria Esperanza. The Greensides had placed Stations of the Cross around a field and into the woods for the reunion and it is at the Tenth Station, where Christ is stripped of His garments, that much of the phenomena takes place. The visions started with alleged solar phenomena on June 24, 1991. “That evening at 6:30 p.m. a lady got up to the microphone and said she saw the miracle of the sun and when we looked it was spinning and went down and back up like at Fatima,” Shelagh says. “The next spring Our Lady appeared to ten children all in one day. They were aged four to 14 and went into ecstasy. Different people have seen her.” Among the children was an 11-year-old girl named Marci Guinto from Mississauga, Ontario, who first saw Our Lady, allegedly, on August 23, 1992. Since that time, dozens of statues have since oozed oil in the girl’s presence (including during a visit by Spirit Daily). A nun who has written a book about Marmora says that the actual origins of the phenomena may greatly predate Medjugorje. “About 45 years ago, a little boy named Karl Clemens lived on the family farm about two kilometers east of the village of Marmora,” writes Sister Alice Johnson, a member of the Sisters for Christian Unity in Peterborough, Ontario. “The film, ‘Our Lady of Fatima,’ was shown at the village, and Karl was very moved by it. Afterwards, he climbed to the top of the hill at the back of the farm, and spoke to Our Blessed Mother, ‘You did it there. Why don’t you do it here too, so that people can get to know you better?’ Karl and his brothers grew up, and eventually left the farm. After some years in the teaching profession, Karl became a priest. The family farm was sold and in 1972 was bought by Shelagh and John Greensides. Twenty years later, Our Blessed Mother answered young Karl’s prayer.
“I had a vision of the Blessed Mother in 1992,” recalls Shelagh, who has sixty grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “She appeared as if she was in a picture in the sky. One night I was sitting on the chesterfield and got a very heavy feeling. When I asked in prayer if I was wrong about the vision — if it was real — I saw the exact same thing again.” At that moment, says Mrs. Greensides, she was granted a locution telling her to give a Miraculous Medal to everyone who visited. The number of pilgrims is estimated by the fact that she has handed out more than 30,000 of the medals.
As always, we urge prayer and fasting for discernment before visits to any such site, and the Greensides themselves have warned about attacks from the enemy: that not all who claim to be seers there are legitimate. At the same time, there is spring water at the farm and some claim it has healing effects in this time when so many need healing, especially the inner kind.