Museum sites closed for season

The historical sites at Pither’s Point Park have been cleaned and boarded up for the year after another successful season.
Saturday was the last day for visitors to wander around the three sites, including Fort St. Pierre, the Hallett (a historic tugboat), and the Lookout Tower.
“It was a good year. We had about as many people as last year . . . about 1300 visitors (to each site),” said Pam Hawley, curator of the Fort Frances Museum.
Hawley added that the sites were busier in August than in July.
“In the last couple of weeks it started to pick up a little,” she said.
One of the highlights of the summer was Art Attack, an arts and crafts event for children that took place at the Lookout Tower in July, Hawley noted.
“It was quite something. I could see doing something like that again next year,” she reflected.
Though the sites have been open until Labour Day in past years, Hawley noted that the staff is forced to close up shop earlier these days because many of them need to get back to school.
“With the high school starting up earlier and the staff returning to university, we have to close at this time,” she explained.
Tours of the sites are self-guided, with written explanations posted and staff on hand to answer visitor’s questions.