A MONTH OF SUNDAYS
A tour of our Churches
St. Matilda's - Upper Canada's first church north of Lake Ontario
Just south of the north-end boat launch in Marmora, spanned the first bridge across the Crowe River. Leading west across the river, the road turned south passed what is now the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority building and round the rock knoll (now cut through for the #7 Highway) on its way to Havelock & Norwood. With this road being the main route west, it made sense to build the first church, St. Matilda's here, right on the road and with a beautiful view upstream. And so it was, in 1825, that Laughlin Hughes helped choose the site. Little did he know that his son, John Hughes, who drowned in the river, would be the first person to be buried there. It is said there are 29 unmarked burial sites in this cemetery.
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
St. Andrew's United Church
Marmora Free Methodist
Marmora Pentecostal Church
St Paul's Anglican Church
Marmora Presbertyrian (replaced by Marmora Free Methodist Church)
Beaver Creek Free Methodist Church, 1893, open for service once a year, on Father's Day)
Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church. Now a private residence. Penny Barrons added: "It was purchased by my grand-father, John Henry (Jack) Vincent, about 1924. He converted it into a home. This is where my Mum, Marion Vincent Barrons and my uncle Garrett Cecil Vincent, and my Grandmother , Olive Vaughan Vincent lived.It was one of 4 churches in the Beaver Creek Settlement." Click here to read the laying of the corner stone by the Masons.
Back around 1900 James Bailey "took an active part" in building the Holy Trinity Church North Marmora according to his obituary. It is thought to have been built on land he donated at the NW corner of Beaver Creek Rd & Centre Line, since demolished..