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Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre


The Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre represents a cornerstone of history in Haldimand County and is an active reference archive and educational centre to this day. More than 150 years old, it houses a former jail cell and a display paying homage to the gypsum mining industry along Grand River.

Built in 1857, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, formerly the Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up, was designed by noted architect John Turner.

Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre presents the history of Caledonia through educational and outreach activities and a number of permanent & temporary exhibits. Of particular note is the original 1857 jail cell and a permanent display highlighting the gypsum mining industry along the Grand River.

Local history or family genealogy may be researched in the Gillespie Clark Reference Library. The library contains books, files and documents relating to Caledonia’s rich history. The archive holds a collection of surviving editions of the Grand River Sachem from 1856 to the present day.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm (year round)
Saturday: 11 am to 3 pm (Victoria Day – Labour Day)
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed
Archival Research Fee
$10.00 per visit
Contact Information
80 Caithness Street East, Caledonia, ON N3W 2G6, Canada
Phone: 905-765-3134
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