Her­itage, sports

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Sir John John­son House ir John John­son House, set­tled along the banks of the Raisin River, is one of the old­est homes in On­tario. This five-bay Ge­or­gian-style log house was con­structed for Sir John John­son be­tween 1784 and 1792.

Cur­rently, the east wing houses the Wil­liamstown li­brary and the west wing is op­er­ated by the Sir John John­son Manor House Com­mit­tee. The Com­mit­tee has a cu­ra­tor on duty for the sum­mer Tues­day through Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also on hol­i­day Mon­days. This at­trac­tion also con­tains the old land records of the county and church records, and is lo­cated in the west wing and is ac­ces­si­ble to the public. Bethune Thompson House This dwelling nes­tled on the banks of the Raisin River in Wil­liamstown is one of the old­est in On­tario. The ar­chi­tec­tural style and ar­ti­facts adorn­ing the premises such as pipe stems, bowls and a Ge­orge III half­penny to­ken at­test its his­tor­i­cal roots. In 1977, the On­tario Her­itage Foun­da­tion pur­chased the Bethune Thompson House.

View­ing hours dur­ing the sum­mer are Sun­day 1-5 pm. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 613-347-7192.

St. Raphael’s Ru­ins A cairn at the site of the ru­ins in St. Raphael’s com­mem­o­rates Fa­ther Mac­Donell’s es­tab­lish­ment of the Glen­garry Light In­fantry, which gamely fought in 14 bat­tles dur­ing the War of 1812. Con­struc­tion of the ex­quis­ite stone church was com­pleted in 1821. A fiery inferno rav­aged the struc­ture in Au­gust, 1970, but the ru­ins, re­main a fine ex­am­ple of neo-clas­sic de­sign. The ru­ins also serve as a back­drop to the Galarama, an an­nual fun day event that takes place around the ru­ins ev­ery year in late July. The Galarama fea­tures live mu­sic, games and lots of food. You can find St. Raphael’s on SDG 18 just west of SDG 34 at the Brown House Cor­ner.

SS­ports Hall of Fame Glen­garry Sports Hall of Fame, lo­cated in Maxville, was founded in 1978 to com­mem­o­rate the achieve­ments of lo­cal ath­letes. Six ath­letes are in­ducted an­nu­ally. In ad­di­tion to per­ma­nent dis­plays, the hall fea­tures a soc­cer room. The Hall is open to the public from mid-May un­til Labour Day week­end. For de­tails, visit www.glen­gar­rysports.com or call 613-527-1044.

The an­nual Manor House So­cial at the Sir John John­son House

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