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Crystal Palace in Picton

Crystal Palace in Picton

crystal palace pictonThe Crystal Palace in Picton, Prince Edward County was finished in 1887. It is a scaled down replica of the 19 acre Crystal Palace that was built in London by Joseph Paxton in 1851. For a while it was all the rage to build structures like these in North America for agricultural fairs and similar buildings sprung up all across the continent. The one in Picton is the last remaining one in North America. It's nowhere near as impressive in size or scope as the one in London, but then again, Picton is a town of about 4000 people, so it does the job. The building is still put to good use and hosts many events.

This building is still the main exhibition space for the very popular Prince Edward County agricultural fair, but it is used throughout the year for different events, one of the more notable ones being the Great Canadian Cheese Festival. There's a bar on the premises and the seating capacity for events is 489 people, so it's a very useful structure  still. Lots of wedding parties have been hosted here over the years.

crystal palace in pictonThe building is located on the Fair Grounds on Main Street, right in Picton. It's adjacent to a track, a skate park, a play area and just a hop, skip and jump away from the local arena.
The Picton Fair is held in September every year, and is one of the mors significant country fairs in the province. Farming is still a very large part of Prince Edward County's economy, perhaps moreso than most places, so there's a huge emphasis on agricultural related activities in this area. This is why the Crystal Palace, while still being a very historically significant building in the area, is still a very useful building and is a part of every day life in Picton.






I am an agent registered with the Quinte Real Estate board, working out of the Century 21 Trenton office. Give me a call if you are interested in buying or selling Trenton real estate, or are interested in real estate anywhere in the Quinte or Prince Edward County areas.

Contact Information

Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate. Ltd.
441 Front Street
Trenton ON K8V 6C1
Office: 613.392.2511
Cell: 613.242.8160
Fax: 613.392.9385