Ontario's Historical Plaques
Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
These two plaques are at the same location.
Both can be seen on this page.
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004
Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted February, 2012
Photo Source - Wikipedia
Coordinates: N 44 06.090 W 79 26.470
Erected 1825-32, its architecture symbolizes the religious beliefs of its builder, David Willson, born in New York State 1778. Disowned by the Society of Friends (Quakers), he established hereabouts the Children of Peace (Davidites) in 1812, a small sect which retained some Quaker mysticism while placing great emphasis on ceremony, music and practical education. Most Davidites were strong political reformers and several joined Mackenzie's force in the Rebellion of 1837. Following Willson's death 1866, the strength of the sect diminished and its last service was held here 1886.
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009
This elegant structure stands as testament to the faith and good works of the Children of Peace. In 1825-1832 master carpenters Ebenezer and John Doan constructed it to the plans of religious leader David Willson who was inspired by Biblical descriptions of Solomon's Temple and the New Jerusalem. The square plan symbolized the sect's egalitarian beliefs and cooperative principles. Once a month and on holidays the Temple was the scene of music-filled ceremonies. Its rescue from demolition in 1918 by the York Pioneer and Historical Society is an early example of historic conservation in Canada.
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Posted June 29, 2011
This building was used to film scenes in "Samuel Lount" (1985), a movie about the Rebel leader (see his plaque pages on this site and at torontoplaques.com). The film portrayed Lount as a member of the pacifist sect, but characterized his involvement in the Rebellion as unique. This plaque says support for fighting the British was common amongst members. -Wayne
Posted June 9, 2011
When I lived in Toronto years ago, I would visit this spot quite frequently. Absolutely unique architecture, and just a wonderful place for a visit!
Posted November 8, 2010
Amazing structure, thank Heaven it was saved from demolition! I used to visit it years ago. Nothing else like it!!
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