The Sharon Temple
The museum showcases the history of the Children of the Peace. They were a “plain folk”, former Quakers with no musical tradition, who went on to create the first civilian band in Canada and build the first organ in Ontario. They built an ornate temple to raise money for the poor, and built the province’s first shelter for the homeless and by 1851, Sharon was the most prosperous village in the province.
Completed in 1832 and restored in 2011, it is now part of the Sharon National Historic Site, which encompasses nine historic buildings in a park like setting. The Temple was recognized as a National Historic Site in 1991 because of its architectural significance and its history as one of Canada’s first examples of historic preservation.