2THE OLDEST CHURCH IN THE COUNTY

However, in 1841, the congregation had grown again and they began planning to build a new church. A villager donated one acre for the church and cemetery, and Captain Beer donated walnut logs he had been saving for his new home. The new church, St. Mary’s Anglican, was built around 1840, and is a typical pioneer frame church. When you peek in the windows, you can see the original black walnut interior, complete with box pews. According to the records, the church only took a week to build.

St. Mary’s original black walnut bow pews can still be seen when you peek in the windows.
St. Mary's original black walnut bow pews can still be seen when you peek in the windows.
St. Mary’s also has the distinction of being the oldest standing church in Middlesex County. Although it stopped holding regular services in the 1930’s, the church is opened in June for an annual celebration service.

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