283 Pembroke Street W
Pembroke, ON K8A 6Y6
Phone: (613) 732-3687
The Pembroke Hydro Museum is housed in the original diesel room of the Pembroke Electric Light Co. Ltd. It contains original light fixtures and artifacts dating back to 1884. The very first street lights in Canada cast their glow down Pembroke Street on October 8, 1884.
The Hydro building is also home to one of Pembroke's many murals which is detailed as follows:
In 1884, Pembroke was the first community to have commercial electric street lights. To the left are Queen Victoria and Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald, the rulers of the day.
Centre shows the first generating plant located across from what is now City Hall. During the day it operated as a grist mill and at night, an electric plant. To the right are W.H. Moffat, mayor of Pembroke in 1884 and W.B MacAllister, the founder of electric light. The Hydro Museum is located at the side of this building.
The Pembroke Hydro Museum officially opened in October 1984 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first street light that was installed in Pembroke. The Museum was later dedicated in honor of Murray L. Moore on the occasion of his retirement on October 31, 2004.
Murray Moore served Pembroke's hydro utility and its electricity consumers diligently for 45 years, retiring as President and Chief Executive Officer.
The museum is housed in the original diesel room of the Pembroke Electric Light Co. Ltd., complete with original light fixtures. The Museum is located in the heart of Pembroke, at the corner of Pembroke Street West and Frank Nighbor Street.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. For group tours, please call: 613-732-3687, extension 31.
Artist: R. Chester 1990
Information courtesy of www.orpowercorp.com.
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