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Common Name Beaverdams Church
Municipal Address 0 Marlatts Road

Building Demolished No
Neighbourhood Beaverdams
Local Municipality Thorold
Province Ontario
Construction Date c. 1832
Type of Recognition Provincial Designation, Plaque
Building Historic Use Religion, Ritual and Funeral Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Building Current Use Religion, Ritual and Funeral Religious Facility or Place of Worship
Building Form
Plan Square/Rectangular Square/Rectangular
Wings None None
Storeys Two Two
Main Exterior Wall
Wood Structure Nailed Frame Nailed Frame
Wood Finish Clapboard Clapboard
Roof shape and Detail
Roof Type Gable Gable
Roof Trim - Verges Plain Plain
Typical Window
Sash Arrangement Double-Hung Double-Hung
Special Pane Arrangment - Double-Hung 2/2 2/2
Main Entrance
Structural Opening Flat Flat
Entrance Special Features 1 Leaf 1 Leaf
Entrance Stair Ground Floor Ground Floor
Architect N/A
Statement of Significance
Description of Property 's oldest still standing Methodist church, the Beaverdams Methodist Church and Burying Ground, is located on Marlatts Road on a picturesque site facing the pond extensions of Gibson Lake. Built in 1832, the two-storey New England Meeting House style church features a white clapboard exterior, and two entrances at the front (north) side of the building. Included in the designation is a burying ground to the south and west of the church, and the property is designated for its heritage value by the City of Thorold under By-
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest 'free school' in Canada (1847), organized by the Father of Education in Ontario, Reverend Egerton Ryerson. The burying ground, located south and west of the church, contributes to the historical significance of the site, with the first recorded burial being for Daniel Totten. Other locally notable people buried here include Hiram Swayze, Obadiah Hopkins, and Isaac Kelly, the first white child born in Thorold Township. The church's architecture takes on elements of New England Meeting House styling, with its minimalistic rectangular shape and white clapboard exterior. Two matching entrances set relatively close together are located at the north side of the church, with simple but handsome pilastered doorcases with entablatures and cornice above. Upper windows are aligned with the entrance and some of the original clapboard survives on the front. The property is located down the road from another related heritage property, the Beaverdams Burying Ground, where several other notable citizens of Thorold Township are buried. The location of the church is also significant due to its situation in the Beaverdams community, where the Battle of Beaverdams took place on June 24, 1813, during the War of 1812. Sources: City of Thorold By-law No. 1811(94) Statement of Reasons for Designation; 'Report re. Beaverdams'
Character-Defining Elements -status as Ontario's oldest Methodist church still standing and the oldest to have remained in continuous use
-historic function as the site of the first 'free school' in Canada (1847) and its association with its organizer, Rev. Egerton Ryerson
--association with several notable citizens of Thorold Township, including Daniel Totten (first known burial), Hiram Swayze, Obadiah Hopkins, and Isaac Kelly

Character defining elements that reflect the architectural value of the Church include:
-New England Meeting House style architecture
-some of the original clapboard exterior still surviving at its front
-matching entrances with simple pilastered doorcases with entablatures and cornice above

Character defining elements that reflect the contextual value of the property include:
Last updated 2013-11-20 12:07:53.601
Group Beaverdams Church Board
Added By Robert Shipley
Date Added September 8, 2012
Last Modified By HRC Admin
Date Last Modified November 20, 2013
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