Tuesday, January 20, 2009
St. John's, Desboro, Ontario
Desboro is a village about 15 miles south of Owen Sound in Chatsworth Township. A log schoolhouse erected in 1856 was Desboro's first building. It was known as Brown's School House, and the location was called Brown's Corners. George Smith built the first dwelling and store at the place in 1866. For a while the settlement was konwn as Donnybrook. It was named after Desborough in England when a post office was opened in 1869.
The red brick church was built in 1886 and dedicated for service the following year. The Belfry was added in 1925 but in 1984 was found to be unsafe. The bell is now on a cement pad north of the walkway. The church has eight stained glass side windows, as well as the two over the Altar.
St John's is part of a parish with St. Paul's Church, Chatsworth. The Rev'd Anne Mills is rector.