Sunday, July 21, 2024

Explore Sydenham’s Ghost Churches


trinity united270At one time there were eight churches serving the people of Sydenham Township who lived north of Highway 26. Today there is only one – Trinity United Church in Annan. What became of those other seven churches?

On Sunday, May 19, the Friends of Leith Church are offering what they call a ‘Shunpiker Tour’ of the ghost churches. Between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., cars and bicycles can register at the Leith Church (419134 Tom Thomson Lane in Leith) and acquire a map which will lead them to the sites where the seven churches once thrived.

At each venue a guide will be present, and a souvenir document will be made available to each participant, providing background information on the church, along with a photograph of what it once looked like.

Upon returning to the Leith Church, registrants can take a narrated tour of the historic church building and adjacent cemetery, and some light refreshments will be served. All this will be available for a fee of $10 (per car) or $5 (per cyclist). All proceeds are directed to the Leith Church Restoration Fund.

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