Macaulay Heritage Park

‌‌‌Macaulay Heritage Park is an attractive historic site featuring many points of interest: Macaulay House, built in 1830 and restored to the mid-1850s; the historic former Church of St. Mary Magdalene, now a museum; the old St. Mary Magdalene Parish Cemetery; Heritage Gardens and the Carriage House. Together they comprise beautiful parkland for visitors to enjoy.

Reverend William Macaulay was originally sent to this area as a missionary. In 1823 he organized the Parish of Hallowell, donating the land for the church and paying for much of its construction from his own personal wealth. Reverend Macaulay’s contributions to the community were not only spiritual, but civic—dispersing his property for the construction of both a school and a courthouse; the latter has been in use since 1831.

Macaulay was also instrumental in the naming of the town of Picton.

 

Parc du patrimoine de Macaulay, nommé en l'honneur du révérend William Macaulay, est un site historique attrayant avec de nombreux points d'intérêt: la maison Macaulay, l'ancienne église Sainte-MarieMadeleine, aujourd'hui musée; l'ancien cimetière paroissial de Sainte-MarieMadeleine; Jardins du patrimoine et maison de transport. Ensemble, ils créent un magnifique parc pour les visiteurs.

Aucun service bilingue n’est offert sur ce site. Cependant, une visite sans guide est proposée en français.

 

Macaulay Heritage Park welcomes:

Many of the museum’s artifacts have been digitized and shared online.

 

On Exhibit 

 

The Indigenous History of Prince Edward County

Macaulay Heritage Park

23 Church Street

The County's human history spans nearly 12,000 years. However, in the past our museums have focused almost solely on the last two centuries, and the story of white Loyalists, who arrived in Prince Edward County in the late 1700s, and their descendants. It is the duty of the County Museums to preserve the County’s history truthfully, and as completely as we can, and this permanent exhibit dedicated to the story of Prince Edward County’s Indigenous peoples provides an opportunity to collaborate with our neighbours at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and acquaint our visitors with an undertold story from this region's past, present, and future.

 

Coming Soon

 

 

Also check out our Virtual Exhibit: “Dutch Heritage in Prince Edward County”

 


Upcoming Events

Special admission rates may apply.

 

Wassailing at Macaulay's! - Weekends of November 17/18, 24/25, and December 1/2 from 1-5pm

This is The County's Victorian Christmas and Good Cheer experience! Our costumed guides at historic Macaulay House will warmly welcome you. The Victorian kitchen will offer tasty heritage recipes to sample. Period decorations, with pops of colourful tartan, will fill the young and the young-at-heart with true Christmas spirit. Pick up special stocking stuffers from the museum’s "gift nook." A sip of warm cider awaits you.

$5 admission includes both the house AND church.

 

Art on the Shelf "Time to Renew" Art Show - Weekends of November 17/18, 24/25 and December 1/2 from 12pm-5pm

Next door at Macaulay's Church, a special literary-themed art show and sale will be on display, benefitting the Picton Library's expansion project. 

$5 admission includes both the house AND church.


 

Contact Us

Phone: (613) 476-2148 x2524

Off season: (613) 476-2148 x2521

Email: macmuseum@pecounty.on.ca

Mailing address: 332 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0