PERTH PROFILE: St. Marys
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PERTH PROFILE: St. Marys

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Being in the heart of southwestern Ontario allows Perth County to claim some of the province’s most plentiful farmland.

But Perth is more than that – it’s where rural farmland and back-country roads intersect with arts and culture, and where historic architecture fuses with some of the newest culinary trends.
 

Town of St. Marys


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St. Marys Journal Argus file photo

Situated where the Thames River and Trout Creek meet, the Town of St. Marys was first discovered by settlers in the early 1840s, attracted by the area's natural resources.

It is known locally by its nickname, "Stonetown” on account of the abundance of limestone in the surrounding area, which allowed for the erecting of numerous limestone buildings and homes across town.

Many 19th century limestone structures have survived over time including churches, museum, opera house, commercial blocks and private residences.

St. Marys was officially incorporated into the Province of Ontario in 1863.
 

Things to see and do

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St. Marys Journal Argus file photo

• The community's rich history is preserved and promoted by the St. Marys Museum & Archives, which tells the stories of the town through its exhibitions, special events and programs.

• Taking a stroll through St. Marys main streets offers a look at the unique limestone architecture and beautifully restored store fronts in the town's vibrant downtown core.

• Call yourself a sports fan? Then check out the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and relive some of Canada’s finest baseball players and moments.

• For more than 160 years, McCully's Hill Farm has grown fresh foods in harmony with the environment. This popular St. Marys attraction hosts a number of seasonal events, festivals and educational programs.
 

Local landmarks

james carter house Courtesy of St. Marys Museum & Archives

St. Marys is home of the grave of Arthur Meighen, Canada's 9th prime minister, as well as Timothy Eaton, who became one of Canada's greatest retailers, opening his first businesses in St. Marys and nearby Kirkton, Ont.

Other local landmarks, each with a story of its own, include:

Junction Station, the oldest and largest of the surviving Grand Trunk Railway stations in Canada.

Grand Trunk/VIA Station, which was originally slated for demolition in the mid-1980s by the Canadian National Railway until the ownership of the station was transferred to the municipality.

Victoria Bridge, which was originally built in 1865 and reconstructed nearly 120 years later.

The St. Mary Quarry, where a man lost – and miraculously found – his wedding ring in 2013

Sarnia Bridge, whose trestle spans the Thames River from the North Ward to the West Ward and is a popular spot for amateur photographers (especially around sunset).

James Carter House, built in 1883 and former home of the son of a prominent mill owner, this heritage home is one of St. Marys grand residences.

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