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Heritage Celebrated in #BurlON

Close up of heritage homes on Nelson St. with gingerbread fretwork on front porches

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January 9, 2020

Burlington Heritage Month 2020 launches on February 1 at 10:30 a.m. at historic Knox Presbyterian Church on 461 Elizabeth St. Burlington.  There will be a short talk on the history of the church, a tour of the historic aspects of the church by Gary Evans, followed by refreshments in the Bell Tower Room, built in 1845. All are welcome to attend this free event. 

Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Knox Presbyterian

Knox Presbyterian Church Historic Black &I White photo in winter

When Martha and Andrew Gage donated the land for Knox Presbyterian Church in 1845, the site was in what was then known as Wellington Square. A small, wooden frame church building was erected at the corner of Elizabeth and James streets and it served the needs of those early worshipers. By 1876, that little frame church was bursting at the seams, and the decision was made that a larger church was needed. And so, just three years after Burlington was incorporated as a village, the cornerstone was laid for a new church building.

That building and its congregation serves the community in the heart of the city. The original church, today known as the Bell Tower Room, still stands, surviving as one of the oldest buildings in Burlington. While the Bell Tower Room is unique, there are important elements of the 1876 building, including the stained glass windows in the sanctuary, a gift from John Waldie, an elder and leading politician of his era.

Open Houses

Other Places of Worship that will be participating in Heritage Month are:

Halton Mosque exterior

FEB 2  1-4 p.m.  Halton Mosque – 4310 Fairview St.

Built in the early 1990s, the Halton Mosque is the only masjid (a Muslim place of worship) in the City of Burlington. Guided tours of the mosque with displays and literature, as well as, hand henna designs, artistic calligraphy,and try-a-hijab; which the guests can keep”.

Feb. 4  1p.m. St.Luke’s Parish Church 1383 Ontario St. 

Chief Joseph Brant gave the land for church use and his daughter, Elizabeth Kerr, supported the founding of St. Luke’s. There will be a tour and talk on the history of this historic church and if weather permits a tour of the cemetery.

st philippe french parish exterior

Feb. 18  1-4 p.m.  Paroise St. Philippe Catholic Church. 472 Locust St.

Sitting on the corner of Locust and Ontario St. it was built in a simple Gothic style in 1875. Tour the church and discover more of its interesting architecture and history.

Historical Walking Tour 

heritage walk in winter

Take a walking tour of Downtown Burlington with Alan Harrington on Saturday February 8 at 10:30 a.m. We start at the Tourism Burlington Visitor Centre at 414 Locust St, rain or shine, for a lively informative tour. Dress appropriately for the weather!

Accessing & Preserving Family Heirlooms

Historical Archives FEB 12 1 p.m. Holland Room, Burlington Central Library, New St.

This presentation is of particular interest to genealogical researchers, and explores best practices for storing personal treasures, with a particular focus on paper records. Participants will learn how to care for their family history documents at home, including detailed instructions on proper storage and handling. The presenter will offer advice about where to acquire archival supplies or the help of an independent conservator. This presentation also includes information about digitizing private collections to ensure they will be available for future generations.

Danielle Manning has worked at the Archives of Ontario for approximately 7 years, first as an archivist and now as an Outreach Officer. She is currently responsible for the Archives’ tour program, social media, and Reading Room exhibits. Danielle holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in art history from the University of Western Ontario.

Kilbride History Group

Exterior of Kilbride United Church

Feb. 9  1-4 p.m.   Kilbride United Church  2066 Kilbride St.  RSVP to

Join the Kilbride History Group in celebrating Heritage Month with films and displays of historic Kilbride. Following the films enjoy refreshments and heritage artisan displays: Wool Spinner and Weaver • Quilter • Rope Maker • Stained Glass Maker • and More


For more details on Heritage month check go to the website for all the dates and times.

Heritage Does Matter!

by Martha Hemphill UE

Chair, Burlington Heritage Month Committee