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 the Prince Edward County Museum; the old St. Mary Magdalene Parish Cemetery; the Heritage Gardens and the Carriage House. 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—donating 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.
Adults: $5.00 incl. HST
Seniors and Students: $4.00 incl. HST
Children (5-12): $3.00 No HST
Family (2 adults & up to 6 children): $14.00 incl. HST
The church, home and grounds can also be used as a wedding venue.
The historic former Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Macaulay Church has a brick front façade, is flanked by clear and stained glass windows and opens to a wide, central sanctuary. The church was built by the Reverend William Macaulay, the son of a Loyalist landowner, and today bears his name. This venue is available for ceremonies only. The grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park can accommodate outdoor receptions.
Once a grand residence for the Reverend William Macaulay, who gave the town of Picton its name, Macaulay House now serves as a museum highlighting early Victorian life in The County. For outdoor weddings, there is a portico at the front and side of the building, which can be used as unique wedding arches. The property has extensive gardens surrounded by deep green lawns. The charming Stone Room is the perfect venue for small gatherings.