Old Town Hall
Winchester Old Town Hall
Located at 478 Main Street East in Winchester, the Old Town Hall is home to the Dundas County Players theatre group. The County Players have been providing plays, cabarets and dinner theatre since 1996. With a capacity of 80 people this centre is also great for meetings and presentations. The front space is excellent for heritage displays, art shows and special events. During the summer months this section is open to the public as a public museum to view the township’s history. The Centre is fully air conditioned and handicapped accessible.
Visit the Township’s Calendar of Events for more details on activities taking place in the Old Town Hall.
History of the Old Town Hall
Built in 1904 for $5,000, Winchester’s Old Town Hall has gone through many changes. From 1906 to 1961, it was the village library. During the 1920s, it showcased movies, plays, and concerts. Local dances were held upstairs. For 65 years, the Old Town Hall acted as Winchester’s local jail, and visitors can still see evidence of jail cells in the form of bars on windows and original cell doors. From 1970 to 1980, the Ontario Provincial Police made their headquarters there. Now, the Old Town Hall is home to the Dundas County Players theatre group, who have been entertaining the community with plays, cabarets, and dinner theatre since 1996. True to its history of versatility, the Old Town Hall doesn’t just serve this one purpose. It also accommodates the North Dundas Movie Committee and the North Dundas Arts Council’s weekly open mic nights. The Old Town Hall has been host to many other community events like concerts, book and CD release parties, and weddings. The centre is also the perfect venue for meetings and presentations.
Chris Currie, Recreation Coordinator at (613) 774-2105.