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Dixie Union Chapel

Dixie Union Chapel

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Dixie Union Chapel

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012

Dixie Union Chapel

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Peel
The City of Mississauga
At the northeast corner of
Dundas Street East and Cawthra Road


Coordinates: N 43 35.706 W 79 36.004

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Plaque Text

Constructed of stone from the nearby Etobicoke River, this building also known as the Stone Chapel, is a rare surviving example of a "union" chapel from the settlement period of Upper Canada. It was erected in 1837 through the efforts of John Silverthorn, Allen Robinet and Daniel Harris, prominent early settlers of Toronto Township. It replaced a previous log structure in which Anglicans, Methodists and Presbyterians worshipped as early as 1816. The erection of such multi-denominational churches was the result of the small size and poverty of many early religious groups. Little altered on the exterior since its construction, the chapel was last used for regular services by a Baptist congregation in the 1950's and is still held in trust for local Protestant denominations.

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> Posted August 29, 2012
With Dundas crossing Cawthra by means of an overpass, these two streets do not intersect, making access to this site a little tricky. By car or transit, it's best reached along Dundas Street, which the chapel and its gate face. It's possible to get to it off Cawthra only if your waist is 32 inches or less. (You need to squeeze through a fence from a church parking lot on the northwest side.) No street parking, and vehicles whizzing along this six-lane freeway make it hard to imagine the rural setting that once surrounded the chapel. -Wayne

> Posted September 13, 2011
As VP of the International Cody Family Association and member of the Buffalo Bill Museum Board of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, we are curious to learn where the posted information regarding W.F. Cody originated. We have no information or record of W.F. Cody nor his family being in the Toronto area just after his birth in 1846 in order to be baptized in 1847. On behalf of the three above mentioned organizations, we would be grateful for further communication. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Suzanna W. Cody, PhD suzanna.cody@comcast.net 408.867.4440

> Posted August 28, 2011
Buffalo Bill Cody was baptized in this church in 1847. His family was Canadian and donated the original land so a church could be constructed here.

> Posted October 21, 2008
We visited this church today and enjoyed reading the plaque describing its history. Need to know the names and dates of all the preachers who lead the congregations over the years. Is there a church archive for us to use?




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