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Stone Church Hastings
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007
Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010
The County of Hastings
The City of Quinte West
On the north side of Vermilyea Road at street number 654
4.1 km from Highway 401 Exit 538 via
north on Loyalist-Wallbridge Road (Road 1)
then east on Vermilyea Road (Road 31)
Coordinates: N 44 12.540 W 77 27.065
Stone Church, one of three known cobblestone churches in Ontario, is part of a small group of cobblestone buildings in this area. It was built in 1853-6 on land belonging to John Fretz to house the local Wesleyan Methodist congregation. Although the church's interior was remodelled in 1893 in the then popular Italianate style and altered again in 1927, its exterior remains largely intact. This simple design, characteristic of the denomination's architecture in the mid-nineteenth century, relies upon the textured cobblestone surface and the dressed stones at the corners of the walls as well as the harmonious arrangement of the various arched openings. The building served as a place of worship until 1968 when its parishioners moved to other neighbouring United Church congregations.
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> Posted July 31, 2012
I stumbled across this building a few years ago, got out to read the plaque, and the man tending the gardens and I had a chat... the Church is now a private residence, an art gallery, and a yoga studio... all run by the owners. Charming people, and I'm so glad this building has survived, and is still a spiritual place.
MJE, July 2012
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