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Open Victoria Day weekend through September. Wellington Heritage Museum is located in the heart of the village of Wellington. It was built in 1885 as a Quaker Meeting House and now features exhibits on local history. Highlights include a tribute to the Quakers or “Society of Friends” who played a notable role in the County’s development. In addition, the Douglas A. Crawford Canning Industry Collection conveys the importance of that industry in Prince Edward County. There were over 75 different canning factories operating here between 1882 and 1996. Wellington Heritage Museum is a bicycle friendly site. Wellington Heritage Museum welcomes: Bus Tours School Visits Volunteers If booked in advance, the museum can also provide walking tours of the village of Wellington for groups.
Quinte Educational Museum & Archives (QEMA) Celebrating the History of Education in the Quinte Area The Montgomery Family has generously donated the 1904 `Victoria Schoolhouse` to be used as the new, permanent home for QEMA`s extensive collections. We are currently located in the former Ameliasburgh Council Chambers at 13 Coleman Street in Ameliasburg, with our century-old Victoria Schoolhouse on location at the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. We are open daily for the season from the Victoria Day Weekend until Labour Day Weekend from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Archives are open on Monday mornings. Appointments may be arranged outside these times by calling our office at 613-966-5501. Visit our website for details.
Victoria School (museum)Quinte Educational Museum & Archives (QEMA) Celebrating the History of Education in the Quinte Area
517 County Rd 19, Ameliasburgh, Ontario
Get your picture taken with the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A Macdonald. Sir John A. Macdonald lived in Prince Edward County during his youth and early career. As a youth, John lived for three years at Glenora, where his father operated a grist mill. Later the family moved to Kingston, but in 1833, Macdonald returned to the Picton area to take over a law practice for his ailing cousin, winning his first case at Picton Court House. Internationally recognized Ruth Abernethy was selected to sculpt a bronze portrait of the young John A. practicing law for the first time in Hallowell. This life-sized statue of Sir John A. as a young lawyer, is in downtown Picton. There is the added bonus of having a courtroom bench where you can have pictures taken. See: www.macdonaldproject.com Also see on exhibit at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton: “Always a Quinte Boy: Yours Truly, John A. Macdonald” This exhibition outlines Macdonald’s early years and specifically his many connections to Prince Edward County. Created to mark the bicentennial of Macdonald’s birth.
The gem of Waupoos, Rose House has survived since the early 1800s with few alterations, inhabited by several generations of the Rose family. Peter Rose arrived in Prince Edward County among first Marysburgh settlers, made up largely of United Empire Loyalists and Hessian (German) soldiers who had fought for the British in the American Revolution. According to tradition, Rose House is constructed from salvaged timber from the community’s original Lutheran Church. Peter and his wife, Christiana Bongard, raised a large family in this modest farmhouse. Rose House Museum welcomes: Bus Tours School Visits Volunteers If booked in advance, the museum can also provide tours of the nearby Rose Cemetery for groups. Special events include: Annual Fish Fry Oktoberfest German Dinner
Rose House MuseumA Loyalist homestead, Rose House has survived since the early 1800s with few alterations.
3333 Cty. Rd.#8 Waupoos Ontario
There are picnic facilities here, the impressive mill dam, as well as the historic Scott`s Mill (closed). Facilities: Comfort Station | Fishing | Photo Spots | Picnic Areas See details at Quinte Conservation > Conservation Lands Also see the Village of Milford.
Mariners Park Museum explores the many ways the inhabitants of Prince Edward County have earned their living from the surrounding waters from fishing and ship building through ice harvesting and rum running. The lighthouse relocated from False Duck Island beckons visitors to the site, where they can also explore Fort Kente and enjoy a picnic in the park. More than 50 shipwrecks have been located in the waters surrounding Prince Edward County and the Mariners Park Museum has become the home of many treasures retrieved during early diving expeditions. Local tips: The Mariner’s Museum holds war time artifacts, racing memorabilia, treasures from a variety of sunken ships and history of prohibition rumrunners. If you like local history this is a must see. Annual events: Mariner’s Park birthday bash (July) Dog Days of Summer (August) Mariner’s Service (September) Mariners Park Museum welcomes: Bus Tours School Visits Volunteers If booked in advance, the museum can also provide walking tours of the nearby village of Milford for groups. Also see: Shipwreck diving Local lighthouses
2065 County Road 13 South Bay Milford Ontario
The Marilyn Adams Research Centre, at Ameliasburgh, Ontario is the only free standing Genealogical Research Centre in Canada. Visit the library in person to research your family genealogy, access our databases online, or request help from our volunteers. Searchable Names Database Online: an index to over 1.1 million names from genealogies in the library. Heal Database: an index to 147,760 names in the Heal Collection.
528 County Rd. 19, Ameliasburgh Ontario
Macaulay Heritage Park is an attractive historic site featuring many points of interest: Macaulay House, built in 1830 and restored to the mid 1850s; the historic former Church of St. Mary Magdalene, now the Prince Edward County Museum; the old St. Mary Magdalene Parish Cemetery; the Heritage Gardens and the Carriage House. Reverend William Macaulay was originally sent to this area as a missionary. In 1823 he organized the Parish of Hallowell, donating the land for the church and paying for much of its construction from his own personal wealth. Reverend Macaulay’s contributions to the community were not only spiritual, but civic—donating his property for the construction of both a school and a courthouse; the latter has been in use since 1831. Macaulay was also instrumental in the naming of the town of Picton. Macaulay was also instrumental in the naming of the town of Picton. Macaulay Heritage Park welcomes: Bus Tours School Visits Volunteers Site Rentals Filming & Photography on Site Take a virtual tour of the museum, or see many of the museum’s artifacts that have been digitized and shared online.
Macaulay Heritage ParkHistoric site with Macaulay House, former Church, Heritage Gardens and Carriage House.
35 Church St., Picton Ontario
The Loyalist Parkway, “your route through history.” The Loyalist Parkway (Hwy #33) follows a pioneer colonial route on which the first segments were built two hundred years prior. The route connects several historical settlement sites in Prince Edward County, continuing east through Bath to what is now Kingston. While driving the Loyalist Parkway, experience some of Ontario’s best boutique shopping, countless studios and galleries, quaint inns, homegrown B&B’s, and fabulous restaurants and cafés. There are over 40 listed archaeologic sites and at least 125 notable heritage buildings adjacent to the Parkway. A one meter wide paved shoulder has been provided for cyclists along its length.
Hwy 33 Prince Edward County
There are 6 lighthouses on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County. All of these lighthouses may be at risk of being lost. Some of them have been declared surplus by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). All of these lighthouses have heritage value and meet the Federal Government’s Criteria for Heritage Lighthouse Designation as well as the Ontario Government’s Criteria for Determining Cultural Heritage Value or Interest under the Ontario Heritage Act. See details at http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=16839 Shown above: Lighthouse at Long Point NEW! Lighthouses of Prince Edward County. Packed with vintage photos, some never seen before, plus maps and lightkeepers’ personal stories. Available at CountyMagazine.ca $30.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
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74 West Mary St. Picton Ontario
Graveyard & Gallows Walking Tour: Friday nights in Picton (July & August) 6:30 p.m.- 1.5 hours walking tour through the grounds and graveyard at Macaulay Heritage Park, venturing on to the neighbouring County Gaol & Gallows, the site of a most notorious double hanging in 1884. Graveyard & Gallows Tours are booked through the Regent Theatre 224 Main St. Picton 613.476.8416 www.theregenttheatre.org Other Walking Tours In their operating season, The County Museums offer a selection of additional walking tours for groups (minimum of 10 people or equivalent rate); these tours must be pre-arranged with museum staff. Cost: $10 per person (incl. HST) Milford Meanderings (Mariners Park Museum) Enjoy a walking tour through the charming village of Milford, aptly named as it was once home to saw, grist and carding mills in the settlement’s earliest days. Wellington Walkabout Tour (Wellington Heritage Museum) Experience a walking tour through the rich history of Wellington village on the shores of Lake Ontario, complete with architectural highlights and fascinating stories that will make you love the village all the more! Ameliasburgh Village (Ameliasburgh Heritage Village) Participate in a walking tour through the village of Ameliasburgh, formerly Roblin’s Mills. Along the shores of Roblin Lake, this quiet […]
Carrying Place is a community that serves as the gateway to Prince Edward County. Situated just south of Trenton, it was named for its location on the portage between the Bay of Quinte and Weller’s Bay on Lake Ontario. The Loyalist Parkway passes through the community. Carrying Place is home to the Department of National Defence’s LPH-89 antenna farm attached to CFB Trenton and located along Loyalist Parkway south of Twelve O’clock Point. Of considerable historical importance, Carrying Place or the Portage was thought to have a better future than Toronto when water transport was the principal means of travel. Situated on the narrow neck of land separating the western terminus of the Bay of Quinte from Weller’s Bay on Lake Ontario, it was a thriving community in the 1800′s. Both ends of the old portage route were well-developed to accommodate the needs of the tired traveler. Used for centuries by the Indians, Champlain rested here in 1615. A stone cairn commemorates the signing of the Gunshot Treaty of 1787. (It was by this treaty that the Mississauga Indians relinquished to the Crown all of their lands stretching from the Bay of Quinte westerly to the Etobicoke River, including the City […]
Canadian Forces Base Picton (CFB Picton) was a military installation located on a high plateau overlooking Picton, Ontario. The base was active from the Second World War to 1969 and served the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Army. Today the site functions as the Picton Airport and Loch Sloy Industrial Park. The base and Point Petre (bombing & artillery range) were also used to film Dieppe (1993) a TV movie by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFB_Picton
Ameliasburgh Heritage Village has grown from one building, in 1968, to a full pioneer village. The main structure was built in 1868 as a Wesleyan Methodist Church. It became a United Church in 1925 and served the community until 1967. Over the years, several additional buildings have been added to the site. A log cabin, display barns, an operational blacksmith shop, a sap shanty, dairy and bee-keeping buildings, and a large stone building housing the Goldie Corliss 18 foot flywheel. A highlight is Amelia’s Tea Room, which offers breakfast and/or lunch during Special Events on site. Upcoming Events in 2017: June 10-11 – Grandparents Weekend, 9:30-4:30. Celebration of generations, grandparents admitted free. Sept 3 – Homestead Heritage Days, 12-4. Heritage skills, demonstrations, blacksmith, corn roast. Dec 3 – Christmas in the Village. Tour around Ameliasburgh Village. Decorate Christmas cookies and evergreens; authentic settler Christmas at Museum’s log cabin; crafts and activities at Victoria Schoolhouse. Free, 1-4pm. Admission by donation. 476-2148 ext.258, [email protected] Ameliasburgh Heritage Village welcomes: Bus Tours School Visits Volunteers If booked in advance, the museum can also provide walking tours of the village of Ameliasburgh for groups.
Summer programs at The Victory, on Saturday mornings for children ages 7-11. Come learn about Vikings, Sailing ships, and First Nations. Discover what it was like to be a pirate, investigate famous shipwrecks and the importance of lighthouses, and then show your creative side through fun and educational crafts and activities.
205 Main St. Picton Ontario
The Historical Archives for the County of Prince Edward are manned by volunteers and members of the Prince Edward Historical Society. Our mission is to classify, safeguard, index and catalogue materials that are in held in the public’s trust. All holdings are open to perusers free of changer, subject to legal limitations. From September until June, the Archives are open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. During the months of July and August, the Archives are open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 30 East Street behind the Wellington Library Wellington Ontario
30 East Street, Wellington, Ontario
Naval Marine Archive – the Canadian CollectionLibrary and book store: yachting, marine, aeronautical, military, local history.
The Victory, 205 Picton Main Street, Picton, Ontario
Summer experience camps, July & August. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (before/after care available). A different museum each day. Ages 7-12.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
205 Main St. The Victory Picton