By the early 1900's the Wilbur Mine near Lavant Station on the K&P rail line in Lanark County was one of the largest iron mines in Ontario. As many as 250 miners, engineers, laborers, woodcutters, their wives, and children eked out a tough existence in the community of Wilbur that waxed and waned with the fortunes of the mine. Today the bush has taken back all but a few traces of this fascinating history.
For the last few years I've been researching the lost mines of Lanark county, with a focus on the Wilbur mine site, to try to build a sense what was once there. On May 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., I'll be presenting my findings to the Rideau Township Historical Society at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kars. This will be a repeat of the presentation I gave last year at the Almonte Lecture Series.
The public is invited to attend.