Quinte, On. real estate agent: Crystal Palace in Picton, Prince Edward County

Crystal Palace in Picton, Prince Edward County

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.

crystal palace pictonThis 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.

The 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.

crystal palace pictonThe 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.

Comment balloon 8 commentsMalcolm Johnston • September 01 2012 08:12AM


Looks like a great facility!

Posted by Marti Steele Kilby, CRS, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA (Steele Group Realty) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, did you say "cheese festival"? ... I checked out your link and will share it with Helen next June.

btw, I have shared your information with Attila, my seller, and will contact you if he is interested.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, you make your area sound so interesting and I love to read your blogs.

Posted by CJ almost 8 years ago

I agree with Valerie....well done!  It's getting to be Fair season and I'm sure Picton puts the Crystal Palace to good use!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 8 years ago

great post... Don't you love realbird? You can do so much with that site!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm what I like best about being a subscriber to your blog is that it is always interesting and not just focused on your listings.  Good for you.  I am a big fan of using anything but black for my type, but that is me.  Have a wonderful Fall season with lots of listings and closings my friend.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, that is a great edifice.  And, like Larry, I am so happy to be a subscriber to your blog posts!  Have a wonderful week!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 8 years ago

Hello Marti, it is indeed a very useful facility.

Chris, I did say Cheese Festival, it's one of my favourite events in the area. I should have written a blog post about this year's festival.

Thank you CJ, the area is pretty interesting, so it's not too hard finding material to write about.

Valerie, no I'm not, but I'm concentrating on the county as of late.

Sharon, it sure does. The fair is this weekend.

Sheila, I do like RealBird, I'm confident that one of these months I will get a lead from it.

Thanks Larry, I wish I did have more listings to write about, maybe one day. I kinda like the different colours, I can choose a new one almost every day (except when I'm using HTML format - I'm too lazy to figure out the font codes).

Thanks Ron, I try to keep it somewhat interesting.



Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago