Heritage Cramahe Presents

East Colborne Before

During and After The Dirty Thirties

By Joy Gifford

July 18th to September 29th, 2024

Colborne Art Gallery

51 King Street East

Thursday -Sunday 

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free Admission


Digital Doors Open Cramahe Township

Explore some traditional Doors Open Cramahe Township sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer historical information, including architectural notes and videos. In addition to these sites, Cramahe Township has two fascinating walking tours to offer that will further acquaint you with the heritage treasures found in this community:

Colborne Heritage Walking Tour

Castleton Heritage Walking Tour


Founded by Vermont Empire Loyalists in 1792, there is a rich history here in Cramahe Township! 

The beautiful Village of Colborne, with a distinctive main square laid out in the original plan for the village in the late 1790's and a main street that was featured in Ron Brown's "Downtown Ontario: Unusual Main Streets to Explore."

Ten minutes north you will find the hamlet of Castleton which boasts one of the longest, continually run general stores in Canada and a popular spot for ice cream in the summer.  Even further north you will find one of the few remaining remnants of tall grass prairie in Ontario both at the Red Cloud Cemetery and the Goodrich-Loomis Conservation Area.

For much more details of Cramahe Township's history, please visit www.heritagecramahe.ca  

The Cramahe Township Library offers an OLA Award Nominated Digital Archives  with thousands of images, stories and photos on the history of Cramahe.

Check out the latest digital archives from the Library, Finding Cramahe's past: Historical directories and gazetteers and Cramahe Township: It's Geography, Environment, and Ecology

Below is a photo of 9 Church Street East, which is located in the village of Colborne.  This Colborne property, built in 1820 by the founder of the village, Joseph Abbott Keeler, is one of the oldest buildings in the Township.

Yellow historical house