Abandoned Indigenous Church and Burial Ground

A Mysterious Ontario Abandoned Church – 2012

(See bottom of page for a 2015 and 2018 location update on this abandoned church)

A rarity among Ontario’s abandoned places are things like this abandoned church, Ontario’s back roads are full of vacant and abandoned homes and buildings, however an abandoned church can be a rare find. Cities like Detroit, Buffalo and other U.S. cities offer a full range of abandonment’s, including churches from large cathedral like to smaller community churches.



Located in a small town in Southern Ontario, many people have probably driven past this abandoned church and paid it no attention. The grounds seem to be maintained and there is a cemetery on the property, many of the graves with freshly laid flowers. The outside looks like most older rural churches and there are no real external signs of abandonment.

I walked the perimeter of this seemingly abandoned church looking for any signs of life or recent activity, no signs of activity could be found anywhere and it was quickly determined that this church was abandoned.

The interior smelled of dust and years of abandonment. Oddly, the inside looked almost as though the last service had taken place just last Sunday. All of the chairs were perfectly lined up inside, a pillow still sat on the front row pew and bibles still stacked on some chairs.



The chairs, bibles and floors were coated with a thick layer of dust, the air inside was thick and old and there was a great deal of water damage and mold growing on the walls. Spider webs stretched from the walls onto the perfectly lined up chairs.




At the front of the abandoned church sits the piano, silenced from years of vacancy and also coated with dust and topped off with a bouquet of artificial flowers.

Sitting, still opened to the last song played was the song book. “Songs from Testimony,” from which the last song to be played was “O How I Love Jesus” written and composed by Frederick Whitfield in 1855, 42 years before this church was opened.

“There is a Name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest Name on earth.”



As I explored this small room, periodically interrupted by the pitter-patter of the raccoon’s now living in the ceiling, I found a number of very interesting items:

A stack of bibles across the front of the room, coated in dust and pigeon waste:


The list of readings for the day of the last service:

“We Are a Separated People:


Atop the alter at the head of the church sat the priests glasses along with a list of his notes for the day:



Sitting on a wooden table behind the alter was a large heavy leather bound bible, worn and weathered from years upon years of use. With the church being over 100 years old, it’s a great thought that this bible may have been here since the churches opening day:



Not wanting to overstay my welcome I grabbed a few more shots of the stained glass windows and of the cemetery outside. Since this visit, I have seen a few other small rural abandoned churches, but none with the atmosphere or quality of this one.




November 2015 Location Update: Before and After Pics





A GIF file showing the progression of decay in an abandoned church from 2012, 2015 and just last week in 2018


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2019 Abandoned Indigenous Church Update with 360 Degree Photography






4 thoughts on “Abandoned Indigenous Church and Burial Ground”

  1. Wow! these are amazing, I live in Northern Michigan and would love to have this stuff around me! Best thing I have ever come across is a abandon school house built in 1809.

  2. hi love your work but have a question- i am such a person that hates to see things go to rot if they can be saved with a phone call or two – did you consider giving the town hall of the county where it is a call a telling them there is old Bibles in there -etc. that it would need to be moved STAT -they would know the tribe or whatever and hopefully pass the message on.

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