At various times during my tour, I explored Williamstown. At the corner of Bridge St. and John St. in the heart of the town you can find your way easily. Just read the sign post.
Hwy #17 and Hwy #19 cross in the center of the town. Hwy #17 goes east to west, while Hwy #19 is north to south.
The Raisin River meanders through the town and you cross over it at the McDonald Bridge.
You can shop in the A. L. Macdonald Grocery.
If you are hungry you can have good comfort food at the Ye Old Bridge Cafe and chat with the locals, which is on the left in the photograph above.
You can wander the streets and enjoy the houses.
Yes, that is the surname McDonell on the sign.
Visit St. Mary’s Church on Hwy #19 south of the bridge.
You can wander the cemetery next door to the church.
UPDATE 7/8/2012: Here is a link to more photographs of this cemetery. These are overview photographs to give an idea of what the location is like.
|St. Mary’s RC Church & Cemetery|
You can get a little nostalgic when you see the old municipal building for the Township of Charlottenburgh empty.
This is the historical marker that is located by the Nor’Westers & Loyalist Museum. It tells of the history of the Township of Charlottenburgh. (Click and it will enlarge, just hit your back button to return to this blog.)
Or visit the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame http://www.glengarrycelticmusic.com/index.php
Of course there is one more location you must visit and that is the Bethune-Thompson House. I did not find it the first day I was there so when I returned the following day I was prepared. I give thanks to a nice person at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum who drew me a map on college rule paper. This house is set back so it is not visible from the main road. To get to the house you drive down this road that is much like a driveway. I did this and came to one of the two historical markers and stopped. I didn’t want to invade the privacy of the people who currently live there. http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques_STU/Plaque_Stormont35.html Yup, I backed up till I could turn the car around.
Before you leave Williamstown you should stop and look at the Raisin River one more time: