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434 Main Street, Bath Ontario Canada K0H 1G0
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The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is nothing if not storied. Originally built for Judge JJ Burrows, when completed in 1861, this building served as one of the more prestigious structures in Bath. The town council of the day chose the Classical Revival style boasting strong vertical proportions, classical order columns and temple fronted façade.

 

It came to be! In 1850s the divisional court was held in the old Bath Academy. The judge presiding objected to the constant disruptions of children afoot and it was suggested these disturbances were known to influence the Judge’s disposition and perhaps his court rulings. Finally the judge petitioned for a permanent and more fitting space to preside, refusing to return until a proper courtroom was available.

 

The Old Town Hall has been an important element in the community and served as a venue for various concerts, legion meetings, auctions, festivals, bingos and Christmas parties operating as the Bath Town Hall until 1970. After a hundred years or more service, the property is now designated a historical property under the Canada Heritage Act and benefited from substantial restoration in the early 1980s.

 

The Bath Museum found its home in this historic building in 2009.

 

When it comes to unique attractions Bath has more than a few to share. The Bath Museum of Loyalist Township is as much a source of intrigue as it is a mission to preserve local artifacts and personal remembrances.

 

You will find no shortage of treasures inside, United Empire Loyalist, World War I and World War II memorabilia. The museum has a rich collection of arrowhead and tool artifacts dating back 400 years.