Just a short drive from Stratford Ontario, the Thames River offers a picturesque backdrop to the stunning architecture of St. Mary’s. Established in 1841, St. Mary’s became known as “Stonetown”, because of its amazing architecture fashioned from limestone from the local quarries. One of these limestone quarries is now Canada’s largest outdoor swimmimg pool. In 1997, the town, with the help of several partners, built a new multi-purpose facility on the Quarry property. The new facility, named the Lind Sportsplex, is used for curling in the winter months, and for basketball, volleyball, roller hockey, shuffle board, etc.
In 1839 the Canada Company, a large privately owned land agency made arrangements with Thomas Ingersoll, a brother of Laura Secord to build several mills at “the Little Falls” on the Thames Ruiver. In return for building these mills he received 337 acres of land in the vicinity. In 1854 the settlement was incorporated as a village. By 1864, the village of St. Mary’s was a centre for lumber and limestone quarry industries and a nucleus for the adjacent farming communities. The coming of the Grand Trunk Railway in the late 1850s spurred growth even further and soon St. Marys became a centre for milling, the export of grain and the manufacture of agriculture-related products. The railway connected the town to the rest of the world and framed the local landscape with its two large trestle bridges on limestone pillars across the waterways.
A visit to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys will open your eyes to Canada's rich baseball history. There are hundreds of artifacts on display in the museum including a tribute to the Canadian women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, an exclusive collection of Fergie Jenkins memorabilia, and artifacts from Canada's two major league franchises: the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos.
St. Mary’s is full of charm and amazing scenery. Stay at a quaint bed and breakfast and discover the specialty shops with their one of-a-kind gifts or dine in style at any of the tantalizing restaurants and cafes.