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Bethune-Thompson House


Bethune-Thompson House

19730 John St., Williamstown • (613) 347-7192

bethune-thompsonThe Bethune-Thompson House in Williamstown owes its name to two prominent owners – the Reverend John Bethune and explorer David Thompson. But it was Peter Ferguson, an early settler, who first built a house on this site in 1784.

Its walls were constructed using the French-Canadian “poteaux sur sol” technique, which placed logs in vertical rows held together top and bottom by horizontal plates. Reverend John Bethune (1751-1815), the minister of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Williamstown and the first Presbyterian minister in Upper Canada, acquired the property in 1804.

He built a larger house which incorporated Ferguson’s home as its kitchen wing. In 1815, the house was acquired by David Thompson (1770-1857), the famous North West Company explorer who mapped much of what is now western Canada.

Approximate Visit Time: 45 mins

Cost: Free (Donations Accepted)