Limavady Museum houses articles related to the linen industry, trades and farming
Legend has it that the name Limavady (Gaelic for ’leap of the dog’) refers to a dog belonging to the O’Cahan clan chiefs, which jumped a gorge on the Roe River bringing warning of an unexpected enemy attack.
There has been a human presence in the area since Mesolithic times - nearly 9000 years ago. How old the settlement of Limavady is no -one knows for sure. It was first recorded that St Colmcille presided over a convention in the area in 575 AD. Limavady town of today owes it origins to Plantation rule when in 1612, King James I granted the district to Sir Thomas Philips.
Located in the Roe River Valley, through which the river flows from the Sperrin Mountains into Lough Foyle, Limavady is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Limavady is the place where, in the 19th C, Jane Ross, on hearing a blind fiddler outside her window, wrote down the melody known today as the ’Londonderry Air’.
Limavady Borough Council has a registered collection of primarily late 19th and 20th Century material featuring local schools, commerce, trades (printing, carpenters) and industries (linen) which Council intends to include in a small museum within the Town Hall redevelopment.
In 1998 Limavady Borough Council took over the Green Lane Museum in Roe Valley Country Park and its collection. The artefacts relate to industry (linen), trades (blacksmiths, carpenters) and farming around the Roe River. The building is situated in an country park rich in industrial heritage from the linen and hydro-electricity industry along the river. The museum is open every weekend in April, May, June and September, opening daily 1- 5pm July and August. The collection includes Hunter's Bakers Cart, the Mobillette Milking machine, the Tumbling Body Plough and a fine flax breaker produced by Kennedy’s foundry in Coleraine. There is a comprehensive collection of local photographs and postcards held by the Council.
Limavady Borough Council
7 Connell St
Tel:+44 (0) 28 777 22226