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Mallorytown in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Canada's First Glassworks

1839

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
1. Canada's First Glassworks Marker
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At only 20 years old, Amasa Whitney Mallory brashly started up Canada's first glassworks in a log structure about 2 km. west of Mallorytown. He had already successfully harvested lumber in the area for 2 years but was destined to achieve much more in his lifetime. A newspaper of 1879 described him as "a gentleman of great enterprise, ready at all times to embark in any speculation in which his shrewd intelligence discerns a profit". In fact he went on to run a general store, a harness & shoe shop, a black smithy, a farm, and a prize-winning cheese factory. And, while doing all that, he was continuously trading in livestock and real estate. 15 children knew him as a kind parent while the community knew him as a capable town councilor, roads master, school trustee, and Reeve.

The glass factory consumed local Potsdam sandstone, potash, and limestone as well as timber to fuel the furnaces. In the short time the factory was in operation window glass was never produced. However plates, bowls, jugs, pitchers, jars, and bottles fed the settlers' strong demand. Even some artful whimsy was created by the glass blowers in their

Canada's First Glassworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
2. Canada's First Glassworks Marker
free time. The factory closed in 1840 due to "the unreliableness of the foreman" who had likely come from the nearby Redwood Glass Factory in New York. Virtually nothing remains today of the factory. However, the extremely rare remaining pieces of glassware are priceless.

[Image captions, clockwise from top left, read]
Mallorytown glass jug

Detail of jug showing the characteristic bubbles in the glass

Glassmaker's whimsey fork with one tine broken, 66 cm

Cullet (waste glass)

The Mallorytown Pitcher

Dross (waste glass)

A "gather" of glass being melted in the furnace (glory hole)

Amasa Whitney Mallory (1819-1906)

Gerald Stevens' 1953 sketch of what the factory likely resembled
 
Erected 2012 by Mallory Coach House Heritage Committee.
 
Location. 44° 28.821′ N, 75° 52.533′ W. Marker is in Mallorytown, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is on County Highway 2 just south of Mallorytown Road (County Highway 5), on the left when traveling south. Marker is on the Mallory Coach House Museum and Archives grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1514 County Road 2, Mallorytown, Ontario K0E 1R0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The “Remembrance Road” Memorial

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(approx. one kilometer away); Mallorytown Glass Works (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); The Macdonald Cartier Freeway (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Chimney Island (Bridge Island) (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); a different marker also named The Macdonald Cartier Freeway (approx. 4.2 kilometers away); The Chippewa Bay Area (approx. 8.3 kilometers away in the U.S.); Crossover Island (approx. 8.9 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mallorytown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mallorytown: Our History. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Priceless Treasure Lost to Time: The Mallorytown Glassworks. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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