Events


Hashing Over History is now a Program of the Clayton Historian’s Office. 

Museum Opening – The museum will open for the season on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 and will be open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 10-4.

History Boat Cruises for 2022 – all tours leave at 5:30 – contact the museum for prices and reservations.

Wednesday, June 22nd – We will be touring Canada’s Admiralty Islands. You will learn the significance of Half Moon Bay and find out how Napoleon is connected to Hay Island. See the cable ferry and pass by the Gananoque waterfront.

Wednesday, June 29th – In honor of the Village of Clayton’s 150 birthday, we will be learning the first 75 years of Clayton’s history. From Washington Island, along the waterfront and on to Bartlett Point, history abounds. We will then pass by some of the islands near Clayton in this 3 hour tour.

Wednesday, July 6th – This will be a two part experience. Meet us at the museum at noon when Tom French will be presenting a program on “The Original Millionaires’ Row in 3-D”. His collection of stereoviews were taken between 1870 and 1890. Then join us that evening when we embark on a 3 hour boat tour which will take us to Millionaires’ Row to see what it looks like today.

Wednesday, July 13th – Join us as we head for Morgan Island where a local fishing guide will be serving us a “Traditional Shore Dinner” with all the fixings. Leaving the dock at 5:30 we will return 3.5 hours later. This cruise is limited to 45 people so make your reservations early.

Wednesday, July 20th – We will head for the privately owned Calumet Island where Calumet Castle, the summer home of Charles G. Emery, once stood. While on the island we will enjoy a hot dog cookout hosted by Mike Strouse, long time head caretaker on the island. Bring along a blanket as picnic tables won’t be available. As well as a tour of the island and learning the history of the castle and Mr. Emery, we will be joined by noted author Susan Mathis. Susan has written several books set in the 1000 Islands. Her newest book “Peyton’s Promise” takes place at Calumet Castle in 1902, so what better place for a book signing.

Wednesday, July 27th – Again heading for Canadian waters, we will pass Grindstone Island before heading for the Gananoque Narrows and on to Ivy Lea. Learn the history of the area and return to Clayton via Smuggler’s Cove, the Lost Channel and Benson’s Rift.

Wednesday, August 3rd – Join us for another two part experience. Come to the museum at noon when Dennis McCarthy will present a program on Carleton Island. That evening Dennis will be along on our boat tour to Carleton Island. Learn about the area history on the way to the island, including the only battle fought in the War of 1812 in Clayton.  As we circle Carleton Island you will learn about Fort Haldimand, a Revolutionary War fort, the story of the Wyckoff villa and other historical facts about the island.

Wednesday, August 10th – Again celebrating Clayton’s 150 birthday, we will learn the history of the second 75 years in Clayton while touring by Washington Island, Clayton’s waterfront, Bartlett Point and nearby islands.

Wednesday, August 17th – Honoring the history of the area, we will take a ride back to simpler times when we head for Canoe Point on Grindstone Island for an old -fashioned shore picnic. Bring along your picnic basket and blanket and join us for a relaxing evening on the island shore. If you don’t want to pack your own picnic basket, baskets will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, August 24th – We will head for Cherry Island, the home of Casa Blanca, a Gilded Age three story mansion. The home’s owner will be providing cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for our guests. You will be able to tour all three floors of the home as well as the laundry building and the boat house, which also has living quarters upstairs. Going into this historic home is like stepping back in time.

Wednesday, August 31st – Our final tour of the season will take us to the sites of five Gilded Age Grand Hotels.  The tour will bring you the history of these hotels, from the Hub House to the haunted Cliff House. You will receive a handout with pictures and information on the five hotels.

BOOK SIGNINGS AT THE MUSEUM – Date to be announced.

ROAST PORK DINNER – Join us Friday, November 5th at the American Legion in Clayton for our annual Roast Pork Dinner. 

FESTIVAL OF TREES – We are again holding our Festival of Trees which includes the Memory Tree and Christmas Raffles. Starting November 16th and running until December 16th on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday form 10-4.

JURIED CRAFT SHOW – Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 until 4:00  – to be held this year at the Clayton Municipal Building. Beautiful items available for everyone on your gift list.