What is ‘Leathertown’ anyways?
Leather has been a part of Acton since 1842. The first Tannery in Acton was owned by Abraham Nelles who in 1856 sold to George L. Beardmore. The Beardmore & Co. Tannery was (at one time) the largest Tannery operation in the British Empire. In 1944 it was sold to Canadian Packers and continued to operate under the Beardmore name as a major industry in Acton until its closure in 1986.
The Hide House is the last remaining legacy of the Leather industry and the impact is has had on shaping the history of Acton. Housed in an authentic, restored, turn of the century brick warehouse (originally used for the storage of hides before transport on the nearby railway) and built in 1899, their commitment to quality, pride, and a sense of community makes The Hide House, and Acton, Ontario ‘Worth the Drive’.
The Leathertown Festival
The Leathertown Festival began in 1991 as a distinctive family event that allows the community, businesses, and people of Acton to showcase the best of Acton. Acton could be considered the last, true, small town in the GTA. You’ll find quiet streets, eclectic shops and friendly locals. After more then 25 years, we continue to grow as a grassroots community initiative showing all the Acton has to offer and why “It’s STILL Worth The Drive to Acton!”
We hope you will join us for the Leathertown Festival in Beautiful, Historic, Downtown Acton!