Pioneer Church

Pioneer Church
Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Churches, Etc. Public Ontario Canada
Submitted by Mike on Mon, 05/10/2010 - 15:15

History: 

This church was originally non-denominational when it was constructed in 1880. Built on a lot donated by John Foreman, it was to be both a union meeting hall, and place of worship for the farmers and woodsmen in Bear Cave.

Before long, the church was taken over by the Anglican Church. A small school was constructed across the road. In later years, a Presbyterian congregation also began worshiping here. By 1901, 15 of the 25 people the small church could seat were Presbyterian.


Personal Commentary: 

It appears from the history I've read that Bear Cave was a fairly busy place. When you encounter this lone church, the only structure around, it's so difficult to imagine.

When I realized that the front door was open, I have to admit to a certain degree of surprise. When you've seen as many site vandalized as I have, you can't imagine a place of this historical significance being left open to anyone who wanders by.

On the other hand, it is a little remote.


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