Arnprior’s cultural heritage is evidenced
in the churches, homes, commercial buildings and
institutions, which reflect its economic, social
and historical development – much of it
owing to Scottish settlement and the development
of great lumber mills.
First settled in the early 1800s, the town’s
growth was spurred in 1825 by the arrival from
Scotland of 100 families and their leader Laird
McNab. The community grew again in the mid-nineteenth
century with the development of the lumber industry
promoted by Daniel McLachlin.
Today, the town boasts dozens of homes and businesses
– many of which merit heritage designation
– dating back to Arnprior’s early
settlement. For instance, The Emmanuel Anglican
Church was built in 1869 on land donated by Daniel
McLachlin. The recently revitalized St. John Chrysostom
Church was constructed before 1873. In 1890 St.
Andrew’s Presbyterian – the Stone
Church, was built. It is now home to the Grace
St. Andrew’s United Church congregation.
In the downtown core there are many buildings
dating back to the mid- and late-nineteenth century.
These include the O’Brien Theatre, Guardian
Drug Store, The Campbell Block, the Bank of Nova
Scotia, and Arnprior’s most famous edifice,
the D.A. Gillies Building, which houses the Arnprior
and District Museum.