A Spring tour of Glenwood

The Glenwood Cemetery and ACO Prince Edward County invite you to experience one of the County’s most treasured heritage sites through a tour of this historic cemetery on Saturday, May 14 starting at 2 pm.


Glenwood Cemetery opened in 1873. This Victorian cemetery is the final resting place of temperance advocate Letitia Youmans (1827-1896), Wellington Boulter (1838-1927), the father of the canning industry in Canada, and George Louder (1860-1884), a young man unjustly hanged for a botched robbery and murder in Bloomfield at Christmas 1883.


Join local historian Peter Lockyer for a one-hour walk of the property, and naturalist Terry Sprague for a virtual tour of Glenwood in the restored chapel at 47 Ferguson St. in Picton.


Tour proceeds support the ongoing efforts by the Glenwood Board of Directors to preserve the cemetery, and the work of the newly formed, local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario to protect the County’s many other significant heritage properties and cultural landscapes.


Tickets are $20 per person.

To purchase tickets, visit:



Liz Driver, Interim President, ACO PEC
Email: aco_pec@acontario.ca

Sandra Latchford, Chair,
The Glenwood Cemetery
Email: info@glenwoodcemetery.ca

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Walking Tours of Historic Picton

2019 – Again this summer, History Lives Here will be hosting walking tours of historic downtown Picton. 

Let experienced guides take you on a 90-minute journey into the past along the side streets of the town. Hear the stories of the days when this small community was the epicentre of Confederation, a titan of trade dominating the Canadian canning industry, and a bustling shipping port. 

Tours are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting June 28th, 2019 through the summer/fall tourism season.

Tours begin at 10 AM. Tickets are $25/per person including tax.  There is a family rate of $60 including tax for two adults and two children under 15.

All tours are booked through

The Regent Theatre, 224 Main Street, Picton, ON

Tel: 613 – 476 – 8416

or online at www.TheRegentTheatre.org


Imagine a village once named after a British customs clerk in Boston, Benjamin Hallowell, who was forced to make a run for it when mobs threatened to tar and feather him during the American Revolution. Later, that same community was re- named after a Welsh soldier, Sir Thomas Picton, once described by British military hero Lord Wellington as a “rough, foul-mouthed devil.”  During the first months of the War of 1812, a group of defeated American troops were paraded by their British captors down the main streets of communities like Picton throughout Upper Canada.

Hear these stories – and others – this summer as experienced guides take you on a 90-minute tour of Picton’s historic downtown. Starting on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, twice – daily tours will take visitors along the streets of Picton to tell stories from the community’s rich past. The Wednesday through Sunday tours are another heritage initiative of History Lives Here Inc., the producers of the popular History Moments regional television series that plays before movies at area theatres like The Regent.

“ We’re dedicated to telling the stories showcasing the hidden history that is all around us,” says company founder Peter Lockyer. “ Our History Moments series has helped awaken the community to the history that has shaped this place. Over the winter months, we were working in local high schools to teach students how to tell their own hometown history stories. Now we’re taking the series to the streets through walking tours to share these wonderful stories with visitors and residents. This is a way of ensuring we document this history before it is lost to Time, while highlighting the need to preserve all the special places in The County for the future.”

The tours, says Lockyer, can also have a significant economic impact encouraging visitors to explore, shop, and dine in the downtown. The company is working closely with the Picton Business Improvement Association, The Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce, Picton Home Hardware, The Regent Theatre, and The Community Development department to develop this tourism experience.

“ Picton’s downtown is a vibrant heritage district with lots of history and varied visitor services,” says Sarah Doiron, the Executive Director of the Picton BIA. “We’re interested in developing tours and other events and activities to encourage residents and tourists to fully experience all the downtown area has to offer.”

Tours are Wednesday through Sunday at 9:30 – 1100 AM and 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Group tours are available upon request. All tours are booked through The Regent Theatre. Contact The Regent box office at 613 – 476 – 8416 or book online at www.theregenttheatre.org

Historical Walking Tours Picton

One of the best ways to discover community history is through walking tours. 

Courtesy of Sandra Foreman Photography

History Lives Here Inc. has provided guided walking tours of Picton to visitors for over a decade now sharing stories of streets, buildings, people, and past events, which have shaped the community. 

Courtesy of Sandra Foreman Photography

One of the most popular tours is of the historic Glenwood Cemetery in Picton. Opened in 1873, this 62-acre property of winding roads, rolling hills, and mature trees is the final resting place of Wellington Boulter, the father of the canning industry in Canada, temperance pioneer Letitia Youmans, and a convicted murderer, a 23-year old man many people believed was hanged in 1884 for a crime he didn’t commit.

Courtesy of Sandra Foreman Photography

Experienced guides take you on this journey into the past. Tours last approximately 90-minutes.  The cost is $20/per person. A family rate (for two adults and two children under age 16) is $50. To arrange a tour, contact us by email at historyliveshere@bell.net