Prince Edward County has been forged by history. Originally the homeland of aboriginal peoples, the area provided a safe refuge to Loyalist settlers fleeing persecution in the United States. As the land was cleared, the region became a major agricultural and shipping area at the epi-centre of Confederation. Discover this rich past as you journey back in time.
Glenwood, A Victorian Cemetery – Self-guided Tour at 47 Ferguson St., Picton
Book a guided tour for your group at Glenwood Office 613-476-3511
Glenwood is a spectacular Victorian Cemetery, set on 62 acres in the heart of Picton. Opening in 1883, it is still one of the most serene places to take a stroll in Prince Edward County. The walking tour commences in the elegant stone chapel and gracefully winds through Glenwood’s network of roads and footpaths. Along the way you will discover monuments of some of the County’s and indeed Canada’s most notable citizens.
Other Historic Prince Edward County Walking Tours To Enjoy:
Backstage at The Regent – Thursdays at 10:00am, 224 Main St., Picton
Explore the backstage recesses of this old opera house, vaudeville stage and silent picture movie house opened in 1918. Once an old warehouse on Picton’s Main St., the building was transformed into an entertainment centre for a bustling town with big aspirations. Today, The Regent remains the centre stage for the performing arts in The County.
Graveyard & Gallows – Friday at 6:30pm, 35 Church St., Picton
Visit the stately grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. The Rev. William Macaulay is credited with giving the town its name. Walk through the old graveyard surrounding his historic church, now a museum, and make your way to the courthouse built on land he donated. Explore the primitive gaol cells and the gallows where two local men were infamously hanged in 1884. Some still say they were innocent.
Wellington Walkabout – Saturday at 10:00am, 290 Main St., Wellington
Your tour begins at the local museum, an 1885 Quaker meeting house, the last of its kind in the County. Take in the sights and stories of this lakeside village and its charming Main Street where the County’s oldest house still stands and tales of underground streams and secret tunnels await you. Discover the past lives that called this place home, from its earliest days and on.
Cost $10.00 per person, $5.00 children under 16
Book Tours: The Regent Theatre, 224 Main St., Picton, 613-476-8416
Purchase tickets online: www.TheRegentTheatre.org