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.

Macaulay Heritage Park welcomes:

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

 

On Exhibit (Coming Soon)

 

Hessians of Prince Edward County

Macaulay Heritage Park

23 Church Street, Picton

The County's Loyalist settlers in the late 1700s were accompanied by that of approximately 40 Hessian (German) soldiers, who also fought for Britain during the American Revolution. As a result, the County can claim to be one of the earliest German-speaking communities in Canada, albeit a small one and only for a short period of time. This exhibit focuses on those early German settlers, and the influence they had on the County's development.

 

The Indigenous Peoples 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.

 

Virtual Exhibit: “Dutch Heritage in Prince Edward County”

 


Upcoming Events

Special admission rates may apply.

 

Getting Back to our Roots - May 19 from 10am-2pm

Experience what life was like for an early Victorian family in springtime. Prepare a vegetable garden for planting alongside some Friends of Macaulay Heritage Park. Bring along a picnic lunch and top your meal off with Welsh Cakes, baked on the open fire, and a glass of delicious rhubarb juice. Make a memento of your day at our arts & crafts station.

All ages welcome. General museum admission applies. Opening weekend for the 2018 season!

 

Sunday FUNdays - Second Sunday of each month (June to Sept) from 1-4pm

Hands-on family-friendly activities, displays, games and tasty refreshments too—at Macaulay House on the second Sunday of the month, June through September.  A different theme each month! 

General museum admission applies.

 

Guest Speaker: Owls - June 6 and 20 at 7pm

Join naturalist, Terry Sprague, as he gives insight about these incredible nocturnal birds that grace Prince Edward County and area. 

Held in the church gallery on site.  $5 admission.

 

Graveyard and Gallows Tour - Fridays in July and August at 6:30pm

The tour begins at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton. Reverend Wm. Macaulay is credited with giving Picton its name. Alongside a costumed guide, walk through the grounds of his pleasant estate and the neighbouring graveyard at his historic church, the former St. Mary Magdalene (now a museum). The tour will make its way to the nearby Courthouse. Explore the exercise yards, the jail cells and gallows where two local men were hanged in 1884. Some still say they were innocent.

$10 per person. Advanced tickets recommended.

 

History Alive Summer Camp #1 - July 9 to 13 from 9am-4pm

Our first summer camp of the season will be held at Macaulay Heritage Park (church building on site) in Picton! Ages 5-11. Cost: $30 + HST per day. Before and after care available (8:30-9am, 4-4:30pm) for $5 per 1/2 hour.

Different themed crafts and activities each day! Healthy snacks provided. Contact Jessica to register.

 

Indigenous Artists' Exhibit and Sale - July 28 to August 6 from 10am-4pm

Participating artists from the region will be offering paintings, photography, sculpture, fibre art, beadwork, prints, art cards, flutes, rattles, leatherwork and calligraphy, and recorded music.

Admission by donation.

 

Wassail by Candlelight - November 17 and 24, and December 1 from 1-5pm

Macaulay House is decorated for a beautifully candlelit 1850s Christmas, with tasty heritage recipes to sample at the hearth, entertainment in the parlour, and costumed characters to greet you! Plum puddings and other baked items for sale.

$5 admission.

 

 

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