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Historical Landmarks of Greater Napanee

Greater Napanee holds a bounty of stunning older buildings with interesting stories behind them, sure to appeal to history and architecture buffs alike.

Written by Angela Hawn with illustrations by Sky Anderson

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Old Post Office

The only sandstone building in an area noted for both brick and limestone constructions, Napanee’s Old Post Office features a distinctive red exterior, decorative gables and an octagonal clock tower. Thomas Fuller, who created this gorgeous landmark in 1887, also claims fame as a member of the architectural firm responsible for designing Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.

Springside Bridge

Composed of both stone arch and steel girder spans, this scenic railway bridge by Springside Park crosses the beautiful Napanee River as well as Camden Road and Dundas Street. Stemming from a long-gone era when railways ruled as kings of cross-country transportation, it remains an idyllic backdrop for photos harkening the past.


New York Cafe Building

Originally built for wealthy merchant Archibald Harshaw in 1886, the New York Cafe building has seen action in more recent decades as a popular Chinese eatery. It’s pilasters, textured brickwork and semi-circular dichromatic brick and stone arches all represent key elements found in 19th century Renaissance Revival architecture.

Napanee Town Hall

Recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada, Napanee Town Hall offers architectural buffs a rare opportunity to glimpse one of the few Greek Revival style constructions still standing. Designed and built by Kingston’s Edward Horsey in the mid-1800’s, this imposing ediface also features a striking columned portico added on in 1928.

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The Campbell House

If you were looking for room and board in the early 1860’s, Italianate-style Campbell House Hotel provided everything you needed for just a dollar a day. While a massive fire in the 1880s damaged parts of this local landmark built for Napanee postmaster and merchant Alexander Campbell, most of the old hotel was saved. Visitors can still make out much of the original lettering declaring the hotel’s name on the exterior brickwork.

L&A Mutual Building

Built in 1958 as an agricultural co-op for local farmers, this beautifully renovated feed mill at 76 East Street now houses L&A Mutual Insurance Co., whose own relationship with the surrounding community goes back over 145 years. Carefully executed restoration plans to the interior included 20,000 bricks from part of the old Gibbard Factory, each produced by the original Napanee Brick and Tile Works (circa 1870).

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Gibbard Furniture Factory

Canada’s oldest furniture factory, Gibbard Furniture, operated on the same site for 173 years before finally shutting its doors in 2009. Situated at a picturesque downtown spot alongside the Napanee River, this well-known business manufactured everything from bedframes to coffins and counts among it’s many customers famous Canadians like Bobby Orr and Sir John A. MacDonald! This building is currently undergoing construction to become a waterfront residential community, keeping some of the original facade.

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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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