With home construction in the GTA occurring at a feverish pace it has become even more important to take care of our culturally significant buildings. Visiting the historic Applewood Shaver House helps paint a picture of how Etobicoke once was.
The Applewood Shaver House is located at 450 The West Mall and is not only a living and active museum of Etobicoke’s bygone era, but it also helps identify those who helped shape this great part of the city. Applewood was built in 1852 by Peter Shaver and was the birthplace of his grandson James. James Shaver Woodsworth was a social reformer and pioneer in the Canadian democratic movement as he became the first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) Party. The Applewood Shaver House almost met its demise in 1980 if not for the effort of a group of Etobicoke citizens who saved the house from demolition. The home is now taken care of by The James Shaver Woodsworth Homestead Foundation.
The Applewood Shaver House is not just a museum. It also hosts marriage ceremonies as the 1860s settings adds a nostalgic feel that some brides and grooms look for in their ceremony. Business meetings and receptions are also held here. In addition, many special events take place throughout the year such as the very popular outdoor Twilight Concerts In The Park, plant sales, Harvest Tea, Christmas craft sale, and Christmas caroling.
So visit Etobicoke’s historic buildings when you can. We are very lucky to have places such as the Applewood Shaver House and Montgomery’s Inn and the people in the organizations that take care of them.
Applewood Shaver House: Where and When in Etobicoke…
|450 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1E9
|Check website below for event times.