Town Park Gates

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This project is closed, thank you to everyone who contributed.

  • At the grand re-opening of the Town Park Gates at the Port Hope Town Agricultural Park today, community representatives gathered to mark this special milestone.
  • The Port Hope Town Agricultural Park has been the centre of local agricultural gatherings for more than a century, where the main gate entrance has welcomed centuries of farm families in celebration of our agricultural heritage. The Port Hope Fair is the oldest Fair in Central Ontario, and a significant agricultural event in the County of Northumberland.
  • The original gate pillars were installed by the Agricultural Society and were constructed to coincide with the gift of the stone pylon to the Port Hope Agricultural Society (est. 1831) from the Ontario Government in 1945 in recognition of over 100 years of service.
  • Today we celebrated and recognized the organizations and individuals who have supported this project

We recognize the following:

o   The Port Hope & District Agricultural Society

o   Architectural Conservancy Ontario Port Hope

o   Rotary Club of Port Hope

o   Port Hope Kinsmen

o   Municipality of Port Hope

o   The Government of Canada- Canadian Heritage - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage - Community Anniversaries Grant

o   Farm Credit Canada – AgriSpirit Fund

o   Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign

o   Trade Tech Industries

o   Northumberland Federation of Agriculture

o   Bewdley & District Lions Club

o   R. Brooking Tree Service

o   The Isaac Family, Bill and Nancy McMann

o   Jean, Bill, Ted and Debra Walker

o   Connie Martinell

Julia Snoek,
Community Development Program Manager,
Municipality of Port Hope
jsnoek@porthope.ca
905 885 2474

www.porthope.ca

Connie Martinell,
Past President,
Port Hope & District Agricultural Society
connie@eagle.ca
905 797 2088 

www.porthopefair.com

A little bit of history~

The gate pillars installed by the Agricultural Society were constructed to coincide with the gift of the stone pylon to the Port Hope Agricultural Society (est. 1831) from the Ontario Government in 1945 in recognition of over 100 years of service.

The reconstruction of the original gate entrance comprising of six concrete pillars, wrought iron fencing and a stone stage/pylon will also commemorate the anniversary of the 225th anniversary of the first harvest of wheat in Hope Township (now the Municipality of Port Hope) on the north shore of Lake Ontario (1794 to 2019) which, according to old newspaper articles, seems to also be the first wheat harvest on the entire north shore of Lake Ontario between what is now known as Burlington and Belleville.  

The 225th Wheat Harvest is an important historical event because it celebrates the anniversary of the land in early Ontario yielding wheat crops, and the early history of Ontario agriculture. As the original gate entrance installed in 1945 was to commemorate a significant istorical achievement, it would be fitting to have the reconstruction of this entrance to also commemorate a significant historical event of the 225th Wheat Harvest. 

The Port Hope Town Park has been the centre of local agricultural gatherings for more than a century, where the main gate entrance has welcomed centuries of farm families in celebration of our agricultural heritage. The Port Hope Fair is the oldest Fair in Central Ontario, and a significant agricultural event in the County of Northumberland.