One of Cobourg’s few places to entertain yourself is now open for visitors albeit with Covid-19 rules in place. The Sifton-Cook Museum, within walking distance of downtown (adjacent to the Legion), has a collection of displays telling a mix of stories covering Sports, the Military, Transportation and more. They are open on Fridays & Saturdays to Thanksgiving from 10 – 5 and Sunday afternoons from 1 – 5. This year they are also celebrating the completion of their roof project which included adding eavestroughs. This was financed by donations from members, the Town of Cobourg and a Federal grant. So on July 24, Sifton-Cook’s Treasurer Stanley Isherwood invited Mayor John Henderson and MP Philip Lawrence to the site and publicly thanked them for their help (see photo below).
If you haven’t been to the Museum, it’s certainly worth a visit – bring the kids who will love the model train that runs through the grounds. The train runs over an accurate model of the Rice Lake bridge which was part of an early attempt to promote Cobourg as a major Town and Port. Local historian George Parker researched the Cobourg Peterborough railway so his model is historically accurate – especially the bridge. If you catch him onsite, he has many fascinating facts and anecdotes to relate.
The Museum is housed in the “Barracks” building which dates from around 1812 and was originally thought to be a military barracks but it’s now thought that it was a brewery house. In any event, it’s an old limestone building and in 1999 a group of citizens concerned about its near collapse got together and have managed to preserve it. Each summer, it’s used to house different exhibitions. There is also a gift shop on site although it is currently not open because of the Virus rules. But the rest of the site is now open – there is no charge to visit although I’m sure they’d accept a donation.
- Cobourg History
- Sifton-Cook Museum
- Entertainment In Cobourg in Covid-19 Era – Currently not much.
- Cobourg’s Museums – there are 6 – all closed except Sifton-Cook which is at the corner of Orr and Durham Streets right next to the new Legion Condo Building.