The Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Importance of Claverleigh on National Historic Places Day

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July 8, 2017                                  Creemore, Ontario                            Parks Canada Agency

Canada’s national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas enable Canadians to experience their rich and varied history in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history.

Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, today commemorated the national historic significance of Claverleigh. A special ceremony was held in Creemore with members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and the local community.

The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places and events that contributed to our country’s diverse heritage. Built in 1871, by William Forster as a parish rectory, Claverleigh is a delightful example of a Gothic Revival-style villa that reflects a life of rural calm and nobility. With its steep roof, pointed windows, porches, and lively configuration, the house blends in with its natural setting in accordance with 19th century ideals of the picturesque.

As part of the centennial of national historic sites, Parks Canada invites Canadians to be inspired and captivated by the stories of the people, places and events that shaped the Canada of today. Take advantage of the free admission to national historic sites in 2017, and discover truly Canadian places and stories with Parks Canada!


Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant places that contributed to our country’s rich and varied history. I am very pleased to commemorate Claverleigh, a charming and excellent example of a Gothic Revival-style villa in Canada, as a national historic site. I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to learn more about this beautiful house and its role in our country’s history.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • Claverleigh is a Gothic Revival-style villa set in extensive park-like grounds in an isolated rural setting about three kilometers west of the village of Creemore, Ontario.

  • The first ever Historic Places Day in Canada will be celebrated this year on July 8, 2017. All Canadians are encouraged to visit historic places in their communities and learn more about the vital role these places have played in our history.

  • Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada’s history.

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Bruce MacMillan
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Georgian Bay and Ontario East Field
Parks Canada
613-923-5261 extension 122
bruce.macmillan@pc.gc.ca  


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