Located just north of Toronto in beautiful King Township, the King Heritage & Cultural Centre (KHCC) sits on the highland of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The KHCC is home to the King Township Historical Society, the Township of King’s museum and archival collections, a long-term museum exhibition, and four historic buildings. The Centre hosts rotating heritage exhibits, art displays from Arts Society King (ASK) and installations from other partner organizations.
History of the Site
The KHCC is situated on the site of the original S.S. #23 Kinghorn Schoolhouse (c.1861). Administration offices, archives and east gallery space are located in portions of the 1960 expansion to the building while the long-term exhibit is housed in the newly renovated original one-room schoolhouse.
The King Heritage & Cultural Centre developed out of the King Township Museum. When the Kinghorn School became vacant in 1978, the King Township Historical Society (KTHS) saw an opportunity to create a museum and the building was purchased by the Township for their use. The KTHS created the King Township Museum and managed the facility until 2000, at which time it became a Township Facility. The King Archives moved to the site from library in 2015 and title was transferred to the Township in 2019. In 2014, the name of the facility changed to the inclusive title of King Heritage & Cultural Centre.
The Township of King archival collection reflects the personal, social and commercial documented past of the Township. On-site resources include 200+ family histories, letters, photographs, land deeds and 100 years of tax records (1850-1950). The archives are a rich resource that can be accessed by appointment by genealogical researchers and history buffs alike.
The Township of King museum collection contains over 1800 artifacts, ranging from tools and textiles to household items and books, reflecting primarily the 1880-1930 era of agricultural and village settlement of King Township. Of particular interest is a uniquely Canadian themed 450 piece collection of Wedgewood China. Artifacts from the museum collection are featured in the A Place to Call Home: The History and Heritage of King Township exhibit as well as other short-term displays and online exhibits.