Old Hay Bay Church
Let’s meet at Old Hay Bay Church!
Did you know that the oldest Methodist building in Canada – and the second oldest church in Ontario – is right here in Hay Bay? Built in 1792 on land donated by Paul Huff, Hay Bay Church was the first meeting house for Loyalists in Ontario. Recognized as a national Canadian historical site, the restored church hosts weddings, special parties, and an annual service on the fourth Sunday of August.
The key elements that contribute to the heritage character of this site include:
- the location in an unspoilt rural setting overlooking Hay Bay and the Bay of Quinte
- the two-storey, box-like, rectangular massing set under a medium-pitch gable roof
- the simple meeting house form with plain wooden siding and minimal, classically influenced decoration
Visit the oldest Methodist building in Canada, and the second oldest church in Ontario
Fascinating and alive with history
Despite some changes, the church still retains the essential characteristics of the pre-1840 evangelical meeting house, as it was developed in Britain, New England and modified in Upper Canada. Enlarged in 1835, Old Hay Bay Church closed as a regular place of worship in 1860 and became a farm storage area. In 1910 it was reacquired and restored by the Methodist Church. It currently houses a museum and is still used for annual services by the United Church of Canada.
- The building is now operated as a museum
- Old Hay Bay Church is a National Historic Site of Canada
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