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Rockwood United Church [#22]
119 Harris Street
Built in 1867 as the Presbyterian Church at a cost of $950. In 1925 the Presbyterian, Congregationalist and Methodists churches across Canada joined together and the United church was formed. Through out the years there have been many additions, including the chimes in the tower which were put there in 1958. In early 1995 the stained glass windows to the left of the main doors were donated by the United Church Women and the Sunday School. The other stained glass windows have been donated in memory of family and former clergy.
Sacred Heart Church [Look for cross on map]
I am searching for anyone with information about this church. The only thing I know is the original location for this one time blacksmith's shop, was across the street.
From local resident Mike Hewis:
"My wife and I are currently researching the history of our house on Christie Street, and our yard backs onto the church lot. In our research, we've found that the church lot was originally owned by the the same family that owned our lot. But in April of 1938, Michael P. Barry & wife granted the lot to the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Hamilton for the grand total of $1."
Also, the walking tour mentions that it was, at one time, a blacksmiths shop? Not sure if it's related, but in the mid-1860's our property (and the current church property) was owned by Andrew Warner, who's occupation in the 1881 census is recorded as blacksmith.
Visit the Sacred Heart & St. Peter's Catholic Parish Website
St. John The Evangelist Anglican Church [#5]
112 Main Street South
This beautiful little church is an architectural gem, built on the highest point of land in the village. It is truly a "church built on the rock" as there is no foundation or basement - just solid limestone. This site was donated by Squire Henry Strange, one of Rockwood's earliest settlers. The first church, built in 1852, was actually where the cenotaph is located today. In the early 1880's, the current church was built from quarried limestone. Unfortunately it is not open for visits. Sunday service is at 9:30 A.M. Over the years St. John's has been linked with various other congregations and, in the early 1900's, the rector in Acton, having no other means of transportation, would walk from Acton to Rockwood to tend his charge. According to current rector David Howells there is room for 110 "friendly people" in the church. In 1983, the cross and rooster on the steeple were donated by Josef Drenters, the well known sculptor who made his home at the Rockwood Academy until his death . The rooster is not really a weather vane as you might suppose. In keeping with European tradition, Josef fixed the rooster atop the cross facing west to broadcast the rising of the sun.
Presbyterian Church [#16]
255 Main Street South
This church is plain by the standards of typical gothic church architecture. The reason for this is that the church was originally the meeting house of the Brethren, the plain folk or, as we may better know them, the Quakers. The Harris family, the first settlers, were Quakers and their religious beliefs had a strong influence on the emerging village. The meeting house was built about 1853 and remained a Quaker centre of worship until 1925. When the Presbyterian church on Harris St. became a United church after church union in 1925, the small congregation remaining Presbyterian needed a place of worship and bought the Quaker building. While plain on the outside, the church is well appointed inside.