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Loyalist Township

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Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore Loyalist Township's many fascinating points of interest and learn about the unique stories behind each door that proudly highlight the rich history of this beautiful community!

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Amherst Island's Dry Stone WallsDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Amherst Island's Dry Stone Walls

The dry stone walls located on Amherst Island are a unique feature to Loyalist Township. It is one of the only areas in Canada with such a significant concentration of historical dry stone walls. The walls were built as both a place to move the stones unearthed from the fields during ploughing and to create enclosures for livestock.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking

Contact info

Meet at 5697 Front Road
Stella, Amherst Island, Ontario
Email: amherst4615@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 2015

Architect: John Bland and Patrick McAfee

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Bath Museum and Visitor CentreDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Bath Museum and Visitor Centre

Built in 1861, this site – a treasured historical property – offers exhibits that take you on a journey from pre-colonial times to the Second World War, beginning with an archaeological history of the region’s First Nations. The museum has a rich collection of artifacts dating back 400 years, including United Empire Loyalists, and First and Second World War memorabilia.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1861
Building type: Museum
Architect: Unknown

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Bath United ChurchDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Bath United Church

The Bath United Church as it exists today, and as it stood before 1955, is a variant of the type of classical parish church developed in England by Sir Christopher Wren, an English architect best known for the design of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. 

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1849
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Unknown

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Emmanuel United ChurchDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Emmanuel United Church

The history of the Emmanuel United Church is a mosaic of several local denominations due to several mergers, one of which occurred in 1884 and the second in 1925. The current building was constructed in 1912 after a fire destroyed the previous structure.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

63 Factory Street
Odessa, Ontario
Email: office@odessapc.com
https://odessapc.com/emmanuel-church

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Unknown

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Fairfield HomesteadDoors Open Loyalist Township

Fairfield Homestead

Loyalist William Fairfield Sr. settled here with his family in 1784. Occupied by six generations until it was donated to the people of Ontario in 1959, the house survives as an outstanding record of 18th-century building techniques, offering valuable links with the contribution of the Loyalists in the development of Canada. Check out nearby Fairfield-Gutzeit House, built by Fairfield’s son.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

4574 Bath Road
Amherstview, Ontario
Email: fairfield1793@gmail.com
http://fairfieldhomestead.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1793
Building type: Historical house
Architect: William Fairfield Sr.

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Fairfield-Gutzeit HouseDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Fairfield-Gutzeit House

The Fairfield-Gutzeit House is situated along the Loyalist Parkway overlooking Lake Ontario. A public park and playground are within walking distance and there are many local businesses offering unique finds and tasty treats. The house dates back to 1796 and was designated in 1992. It was built by William Fairfield Jr., whose parents’ 1793 homestead stands in nearby Fairfield Park.

  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1796
Building type: Historical house
Architect: William Fairfield Jr. and Benjamin Fairfield

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Neilson Store Museum and Cultural CentreDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre

Amherst Island's Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre opened its doors as a museum in 2004. The volunteer-run museum is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and exhibiting the past, reflecting the life and times of Amherst Island with exhibits depicting early schools, industrial tools, family life, natural history and transportation. Items also include the Amherst Island ship's wheel, bell and logs.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

5220 Front Road
Stella, Ontario
Email: admin@neilsonstoremuseum.ca
https://neilsonstoremuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Building type: Commercial Museum
Architect: James S. Neilson

Dates/hours open

Jun 18 - Jun 18

Pentland CemeteryDoors Open Loyalist Township

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Pentland Cemetery

The Pentland Cemetery – Amherst Island’s first non-denominational cemetery – was in service from 1831 until 2001. It occupies 0.5 hectares (1.29 acres) of land that runs between Front Road and Lake Ontario. The headstones record the predominantly Irish pioneer families that had settled on the Island. The first person buried in the cemetery was in 1831.

    Contact info

    1652 Front Road
    Stella, Amherst Island, Ontario

    Architecture

    Year built: 1831
    Building type: Cemetery

    Dates/hours open

    Jun 18 - Jun 18

    St. John's Anglican ChurchDoors Open Loyalist Township

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    St. John's Anglican Church

    Drop by and visit the quaint, little St. John's Anglican Church in the village of Bath and explore the craftsmanship of its traditional stained-glass windows. See if you can guess which of these windows has been carefully restored by a craftsman who also restored windows for the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.

    • Full wheelchair access
    • Parking
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    212 Church Street
    Bath, Ontario
    Email: st.johns@cogeco.net
    https://stjohnsbath.ca

    Architecture

    Year built: 1785 (first structure); 1925 (current structure)
    Building type: Cemetery Place of worship
    Architect: Unknown

    Dates/hours open

    Jun 18 - Jun 18

    St. Paul's Presbyterian ChurchDoors Open Loyalist Township

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    St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

    The congregation (established in 1852) worshipped in a frame church erected in 1851 just west of the present church. The original structure was moved to the Tugwell Farm, where it still stands. The limestone for the current church was cut and prepared by inmates of the Kingston Penitentiary. The cornerstone of the present sanctuary was laid in 1883.

    • Full wheelchair access
    • Guided tours available
    • Parking
    • Self-guided tours available
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    1955 Stella 40 Foot Road
    Stella, Amherst Island, Ontario
    Email: forester@kos.net
    https://stpaulsamherstisland.com

    Architecture

    Year built: 1882
    Building type: Place of worship

    Dates/hours open

    Jun 18 - Jun 18

    St. Peter's Anglican ChurchDoors Open Loyalist Township

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    St. Peter's Anglican Church

    The church's history began in 1956 when the Reverend James Peter Scanlon started a Sunday school in Collins Bay Public School. St. Peter’s was a partner church to various Anglican parishes in the area during its first few years of life, but it continued to grow and became a church on its own on July 1, 1979.

    • Full wheelchair access
    • Guided tours available
    • Parking
    • Washrooms

    Contact info

    4333 Bath Road
    Kingston, Ontario
    Email: stpeters.anglicanchurch1@gmail.com

    Architecture

    Year built: 1956
    Building type: Place of worship
    Architect: Unknown

    Dates/hours open

    Jun 18 - Jun 18