Carriage Donated To Discovery Centre
Nicholas Chernoff, of Trowlex, prepares to unload the Peter Verigin carriage, donated to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre from Touchstones Museum in Nelson.
For many years, it was stored in the basement of Ellison Milling & Elevator Co. Ltd.’s warehouse in Nelson. It was found by Joseph Kary who was the manager at the time, and would go on to be the mayor.
“It is unknown whether or not Verigin owned the carriage,” wrote Laura Fortier for the Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. “We assume that the carriage fell into disuse after Verigin died on October 29, 1924, in an unexplained train explosion.”
The Nelson museum recently determined that they didn’t have enough room in their building to display the carriage, even temporarily, so they have donated it to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre.
Trowelex donated the transportation of the carriage between the cities, and a new area will be built at the Centre to house it.