Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

by Judi “Scoop” McWilliams

It was a long drive to Sault Ste. Marie, but it was worth it!

Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

We had been promising some friends that we would visit them and the city.

Ermatinger Clergue Visitors' Centre

One of the shops we wanted to make was to the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site.

Ermatinger Clergue Visitors' Centre

Our friend, Kathy Fisher, Curator of the Site, had told us what a great the Ermatinger Clergue Site was.

Ermatinger House

Ermatinger Clergue is an amazing historical site.

Ermatinger Clergue Visitors Centre

A few years ago an interactive Heritage Discover Centre was built.

Heritage Discovery Centre - Sault Ste. Marie

The Discovery Centre was an “1812 Legacy Gallery” project and “pays tribute to both the War of 1812 and Charles Oakes Ermatinger who helped to gather the troops that launched the first battle of the war, the British capture of Fort Michilimackinac“.

Discovery Centre Gift Shop

The Discovery Centre has a great The Post Gift Shop that gives visitors a chance to bring home a “bit” of “Canadian history“!

Kathy Fisher, Ermatinger Clergue Curator

It was wonderful to see Kathy (Fisher) again and were looking forward to a tour of the Site.

Ermatinger Old Stone House

Our first visit was to the Ermatinger Old Stone House.

War of 1812 Re-enactors

Kathy and her son, , had planned a big “surprise” for Gary and me.

War of 1812 Re-enactors

Benn is a War of 1812 re-enactor. We had met in Wasaga Beach at the annual Wasaga Under Siege. Benn and his friends honoured us by putting on a “drumming and musket shooting” demonstration!

Ermatinger Old Stone House

After Benn and friends demonstration, we entered the “Old Stone House“.

Inside the Ermatinger Old Stone House

The “House” has been fully restored and “depicts the domestic and professional life of Charles Oakes Ermatinger, as well as other respected residents who lived in the House between 1808 and 1896“.

Inside the Ermatinger Old Stone House

While we were there, site staff were preparing for an upcoming dinner and presentation.

Inside the Ermatinger Old Stone House

It was fascinating to look outside from one of the House’s windows to see the “modern” landscape of Sault Ste. Marie!

Looking out at Sault St. Marie

From the Ermatinger Old Stone House, Kathy took us to Clergue Blockhouse.

Clergue Blockhouse

The Clergue Blockhouse was “relocated to the Site in 1996“. It had “served as the home of industrialist Francis Hector Clergue from 1894 – 1908“.

Clergue Blockhouse

According to the Site’s website, “The lower stone story of the Blockhouse dates back to 1819, making it the second oldest stone building northwest of Toronto“.

Ermatinger Clergue gardens

The Ermatinger Clergue gardens were impressive!

Inside the Clergue Blockhouse.

The Blockhouse looked amazingly comfortable!

Inside the Clergue Blockhouse

The inside of the upper room was warm and inviting.

Inside the Clergue Blockhouse

Back outside we took a closer look at each of the two “Heritage” buildings.

Ermatinger Old Stone House

The Ermatinger Old Stone House, with its beauty and grandeur!

Clergue Blockhouse

The Clergue Blockhouse, with its uniqueness and comfort!

Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

An awesome way to celebrate Sault Ste. Marie’s heritage and Canadian history!

“Thanks Kathy!”

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