Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum
In the Upper Canada of the 1820s, in the Village of Sharon, a small community known as the Children of Peace crafted, with simple tools but consummate skill and artistry, a dramatic architectural testament to its vision of a society founded on the values of peace, equality and social justice.
The centrepiece of their activity was The Temple. Completed in 1832 and restored in 2011, it is now part of the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum, which encompasses eight historic buildings in a 4.5 acre park like setting. In 2006, the Toronto Star named the Sharon Temple one of the 10 most architecturally important buildings in Canada.
The Sharon Temple represents many things. To some, it represents one of the finest and most unique examples of Canadian architecture. To others, the Temple stands as a beacon to the values that Canada has become known for around the world; those of equality and social justice. And still to others, the Temple represents the importance of preserving our past so that future generations may learn from it and be inspired by it.