More on what will be featured at the Joseph Brant Museum when it opens in July.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 26th, 2019



We now know a little bit more about what will be on display at the Joseph Brant Museum when it opens in July – which is the target date.

There will be three permanent galleries that explore Burlington’s rich history and heritage.

One of these will be The Costume Gallery, contextualizing social history during the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, and focusing on the famous Brant Inn and the Big Band Era.

Ella Fitzgerald inked a picture with an autograph.thinkOften described as putting Burlington “on the map”, the Brant Inn featured many legendary entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald.

Brant Inn aerial

An aerial view of the Burlington Inn in what is now Spence Smith Park.

There was a time when Burlington was on the map, at least for the entertainment sector. The Brant Inn was the place to be seen and if you were a musician the place to be heard.

Why did it fail as a commercial operation?

The owner died, a member of what was an extended family took over day to day operations and things were never the same.

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