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Heritage Sites

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Clock Tower

The Clock Tower constructed in 1888 was originally part of a monumental Post Office. Its construction signified the hope of growth and prosperity for the Town Of Trenton. The Clock Tower is at the foot of King Street on Dundas Street West. It is a historical icon in downtown Trenton. The Post Office was demolished in 1971 to make way for the City Hall and a parking garage.

The Tower remains attached to the then new Town Hall. The Town Hall was relocated and a nearby new modern building built when the Town of Trenton was amalgamated as part of the City of Quite West. The clock tower was constructed from the best quality limestone from Ox Point Quarries near Belleville. The approximate height of the tower is 90 feet. Clocks on four sides of the octagonal tower toll the hour.

The Clock Tower was designated as a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act for architectural and historic reasons in 1979.

Trent Port Historical Museum

In 1980 a group of citizens came together and formed the Trent Port Historical Society. The mandate was created, stating the need to preserve the history in the Trenton area. The name for the new group was taken from the name of the original settlement at the mouth of the Trent River.

The community was later renamed Trenton. Dufferin Centre (formerly Dufferin School) at the corner of Spring and Dufferin Street became the home of the Trent Port Historical Society.

An archives room was established there for the display and storage of artifacts relating to the history of this community. The business meetings were also held in this building. The preservation of our standing architecture was a concern of this small group. Our interest concentrated on saving the Town Hall and Market building from demolition. After studies were done, along with research upholding the importance of this building a committee presented ideas to city council in 1994 requesting permission to begin a restoration project. Permission was granted, a lease was signed and the work began on this project. Service groups and interested citizens did fundraising and lent their muscles to the restoration project.

Since the rebirth of "Trenton Town Hall - 1861", the building has been used for many gatherings, art and music events and local theatre. In 2008 the archive collection of the Trent Port Historical Society was move to "Trenton Town Hall-1861".

Trent Port Historical Society is available to assist anyone interested in preserving history. Whether it is a question of genealogy, research of past social events or information regarding architecture in our community our members are happy to assist you.

Fraser Park Gates

 Located at the downtown Marina, these beautiful gates sit across the road from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110, and beside the new cenotaph which was built in 1968. 

The Fraser Park Gates was constructed by The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, a Canadian womens organization founded in 1900. Following a wave of patriaotic suport for the British Empire resulting from the Second Boer War, numerous womens organizations sprung up to show their devolution to Britian.  The IODE 's mission was to give practical charitable aid to soldiers, and if they were killed, support for their dependents, and care for their graves. During the Second World War the IODE had 50,000 members and participated in war effort relief effort, through activities such as sock and scrap drives.

The Fraser Park gates were built as a memorial after the First World War, one of many the IODE help construct in small Canadian towns. On either side the names of those lost during the war are etched into the stone. The Gates were later updated to include those lost in the Second World War.  The gates acted as the main cenotaph in Trenton for many decades and still stand as a beautful memorial worth visiting

 

Bridge

As a direct route into the downtown core, the Veterans Skyway Gatway to the Trent bridge is one of Trentons most recognisable landmarks. Trentons history is deeply linked to the ability to cross the Trent river and the bridges which have spanned it.

The first bridge which linked the west and east sides of the Trent river was was built in 1833. The wooden covered bridge established a strong trade link from Kingston to York (now Toronto), and encourage the growth of the village (which would become Trenton) around it. A steel swing bridge was erected in 1916 to permit the passage of boats on the busy waterway. The swing bridge stood for over 70 years, before its aging condition warented the consturction of a new bridge. The Veteran’s Skyway Gateway to the Trent Bridge was completed in 1990, however it had not yet replaced the old bridge. Instead, the new structure rested on temporary piers, about 10 metres south of its current location.  The original 1916 bridge was then dismantled, traffic was rerouted and allowed to use the new bridge during this time. On November 19, 1990, the new bridge was slid to align with Trenton’s main street using hydraulic jacks. The process took approximately four hours and was the first time that a North American bridge had ever been shifted in a lateral direction.

This feat of engenering now welcomes boaters as they enter the world-famous Trent-Severn Canal System at the mouth of the Bay of Quinte and the City of Quinte West’s new Trent Port Marina.