ENJOY AN UNFORGETTABLE LOOK INSIDE SOME OF PEMBROKE’S HISTORIC GEMS, ACCOMPANIED BY SHOCKING RELATED TALES AND TIDBITS YOU WILL HEAR NOWHERE ELSE
THIS TOUR MAY BE OFFERED IN 2019! (WAS OFFERED IN 2015-2017)
This tour begins with a fascinating look inside the Renfrew County Courthouse and jail, finished in 1867, with its historic restored courtroom, tiny basement jail cells and award-winning architecture that encloses historic buildings within the structure. Find out what jail was like long ago, the great escapes, why the original courtroom has two jury boxes, and more…
Next is Wesley Methodist church built in 1883 (now Wesley United) where you will learn about the early Methodists in the area and early Methodist churches in Pembroke, the formation of the United Church, what worship was like ‘way back,’ as well as the strong connections between Wesley and the local Booth family. We will also take a look at some unique building features…
Onto the recently-restored Booth House (built in 1894 by Isabel and Robert Booth, the latter a cousin to lumber magnate and Canadian icon J.R. Booth). As you view parts of the interior of this historic mansion, you will be treated to truly remarkable information about the family found through much research ~ a tale of intergenerational struggle in an era of enormous society upheaval…
Tour goers will then go to their cars and drive to Grey Gables Manor, where the tour ends. The mansion was built by Edward Dunlop (who became Treasurer of Ontario) in 1910. As you explore the first floor, you will enjoy details about the house and Dunlop family, a tragedy involving a descendant, and how the mansion was restored to its original glory.
Edward Dunlop Jr.’S dress uniform. See more details here.
DURATION: About 2.5 hours
***Neither your guide nor her company are responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during Pembroke History tours.
WHERE: At 1 PM, meet inside the main entrance to the courthouse, facing Pembroke Street. You MUST find parking on the side streets in the vicinity of Booth House (across Pembroke Street from the courthouse, away from the Ottawa River. NONE of the parking lots around the courthouse, church, police station etc. are available for parking.) After Wesley and Booth House, we will get in our cars and drive to Grey Gables.