Looking for unusual tourist attractions and local traditions? You’ll find a few of those in The County. Well, actually you may prefer to avoid some of these anomalies like the Marysburgh Vortex.
Headstone of Wm. Pierce, Died Feb 31, 1860
This grave marker is located in the churchyard of the old St Mary Magdalene church in Picton.
A story in a 1936 edition of the old Toronto Telegram identified an absent-minded stone cutter as the culprit, and not someone using a new and improved calendar.
The tombstone was also featured in an episode of Ripley’s Believe it or Not in the ’60s.
Our Birds have a City
Yes, there are so many birds in The County that they have a city!
Bird House City has over 100 birdhouses, most of them reproductions of historic buildings and other recognizable structures.
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Over 100 ships have disappeared in The Marysburgh Vortex
You’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle? Well, we have our very own ship-devouring triangle right here in the eastern end of Lake Ontario, known as the Marysburgh Vortex. When steamboats and schooners ruled, more than two thirds of Lake Ontario shipwrecks occurred in the Vortex. Mysterious fogs arise, storms whip up with terrifying speed, magnetic anomalies send compasses awry.
Over 100 vessels have vanished into the Marysburgh Vortex. Details }
The Drive-in ticket office is a bus
Some might think that drive-in movies are a thing of the past. Not in The County! The Mustang Drive-In Theatre is a popular spot during the summer evenings. And they have 2 screens and popcorn! It’s a must-do for your summer vacation.
But the unusual thing about the drive-in is their ticket office – it’s an old bus. Why not? And on a related note, the owner is very funny. If you don’t believe me, call their phone number to find out the movie lineup. Details }
The “Horn Trip” is a local tradition
A “horn trip” is a party in a car; driving around back roads of Prince Edward County drinking large quantities of liquor and beer. It especially refers to a particular route in the coun’y (County Road 7 and 8, around the “horn” of Indian Point.)
This is true, you can find it in the Urban Dictionary. Author’s note: I may know people who have participated in this tradition.
We have self-serve farm stands
Some of our gas stations still provide full service, but many of our farm stands are self-serve.
Customers pick out their produce and slip money to pay for the items through a slot. The system is based on honesty.
We’ll hope that this County tradition can carry on for a long time.
We have an antique shop with “Dead People’s Stuff”
When this little antique shop in Bloomfield opened, I wasn’t sure whether to find the name offensive. But the name certainly has attracted attention!
The owner, Sue Hierlihy is a sweetheart, drop by and say Hi! You’ll find this to be an interesting shop with a unique and authentic inventory.
Weird folk art meets political incorrectness
Robert Danielis is a self-taught carver who has been producing distinctive folk art for over twenty-five years.
Robert’s witticism and tongue in-cheek humour make these pieces great conversation starters (unless you’re avoiding politics or religion). Some say his works are like pages out of Monty Python or Gary Larson.
You’ll find Robert’s studio beside the reception building at The Waring House in Picton.
The Frere Brothers
Consider the name, that will give you some idea of their sense of humour. The Frere Brothers write and perform humorous songs about day to day struggles of life in a small town. They have been described as “The Smothers Brothers meets Simon and Garfunkel.” Alec Lunn formed the original duo back in Calgary with his actual brother. Since then, there have been many Frere’s coming and going, but Alec remains the common denominator. Mark Despault and Alec have been performing together as the Frere Brothers, off and on for about 15 years.
You’ll often find them entertaining at the Waring House in Picton. Here’s a sample of them performing “Wellington Mushroom Factory” (one of my personal favourites ).