Grey Highlands, Ontario

The Municipality of Grey Highlands is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Grey County.
Made up of the former Townships of Artemesia, Euphrasia, Osprey and the Villages of Markdale and Flesherton, we proudly boast the natural beauty of waterfalls, the Bruce Trail, the Osprey Bluffs and the Saugeen and Beaver Rivers.

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The Arnott Hall

There was a time around Georgian Bay when the community hall was the centre of life in many a village or hamlet. read more articles in curious guide After the church, the community hall was one of the first public spaces to be built. There was a need in early Ontario for a place to meet, vote, greet,and celebrate. Many of our public halls are still in operation, many decades after they first opened their doors. Others stand today, empty and abandoned - like the Arnott Hall. Arnott, a ghost town just south of Chatsworth, was bypassed by reconstruction of the nearby highway in the early 1970s. But it had a hall that was once a lively place, used many times each month for community gatherings. The deed for the Arnott Hall was registered on February 24,1908. The original building was built for a grand total of $48.00 and was remodeled in 1934. At that time, the interior of the hall was turned around with an addition added to the back of the building. Bob Murray made a new sign for the Arnott Hall and hydro was finally installed. The Hall was a total community effort. The Arnott Women's lnstitute met there while the Arnott Softball Club gave much support in remodeling and furnishing the hall. Over the years, the hall was home to Halloween parties, concerts, elections, euchre parties, and dances. There was always plenty of musical talent around Arnott with fiddlers like Gordon McKay, Walter, Carl and Dick Wheildon, and Hugie Unwin and square dances callers Sandy Mckay, Vic Hansen and Jack Unwin. Then they tore up the highway and relocated it. New large community centres were built in places like Chatsworth. The use of the Arnott Hall diminished, being used only on election days. Then the hydro was removed and the building became dark, its doors closed, never to be opened again.