They built Canada’s largest textile mill and Almonte’s most opulent mansions. Their fabrics won gold and silver medals at international conventions. They financed Almonte’s hospital and its Anglican church, but tragedies struck them, and a changing world changed their fortunes.
Come to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and meet the Rosamonds. Their beautiful stone buildings are Almonte’s legacy, but their gifts to the town reach well beyond them. On Saturday, September 29, the exhibit “The Rosamond Legacy” opens in the Museum’s Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery and will showcase Rosamond family photos, paintings, and artifacts. The exhibit will also include many fascinating anecdotes such as this one from Sonia Rosamond Salisbury’s “Memories of Pinehurst:”
“Of all the memories the most enduring is that of Granny . . . her little cupboard with her hats on hat stands, and her dressing room off the main room where she hung her clothes. Mum told me that someone once had been raiding the liquor cabinet. To preserve the supply Mum said that Granny put the liquor bottles under her hats in lieu of the stands. Apparently, a rumour went around town that Mrs. Rosamond was a secret drinker! Then there was the bathroom with the most wonderful view of the grounds from the semi-circle seat at the curved window. I had my last bath in Pinehurst in the tub, and I asked, “Granny, why do you have to sell Pinehurst?” Her answer was simply, “Oh, Sonie, the roof needs replacing.” And I understood. The Lodge became her next home, but we were forbidden to go to Pinehurst grounds which we all loved so well.”
The exhibit runs until October 6 with a vernissage on Saturday September 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to meet the Rosamonds and explore an enduring part of Almonte’s history.