Completed in 1824, the St Thomas Anglican Church is one of the oldest structures in the city. It was in continuous use until 1877, and designated a heritage property in 1982. In 1877, the significantly larger Trinity Anglican Church was built.
Restoration of the church took place in 1986.
It is still in service as church on special days, is available for tours, and weddings. The graveyard is still active, and has had a scattering garden added recently.
The interior of the church remains much as it did when built. Cubicle style pews, a prisoner’s box, historical artifacts and original windows.
The most significant monument is for the Chisholm family, who had seven family members die within seven years. Constructed of Italian marble on a sandstone base, at the time it cost $5,000 – the price of two homes.
Folklore has it that the family had the Curse of Ireland. In addition to all immediate family members dying within seven years, none died in their beds.
Many of the graves have suffered the effects of age, acid rain, and even vandalism.
Sometimes, small towns and cities hold the most memorable treasures.
** UPDATE **
Doors Open Ontario came to St Thomas early in October, 2014, and I was able to tour the interior of the church.
The interior of the church, from above the front door. the rear of the church backs onto a ravine. These are the only (not original) stained glass windows.
Early in its history, the church did not have stained glass windows. The windows were painted to resemble them. This is the last one remaining, still in place.