Sharon Temple

Erected 1825-32, its architecture symbolizes the religious beliefs of its builder, David Willson, born in New York State 1778. Disowned by the Society of Friends (Quakers), he established hereabouts the Children of Peace (Davidites) in 1812, a small sect which retained some Quaker mysticism while placing great emphasis on ceremony, music and practical education. Most Davidites were strong political reformers and several joined Mackenzie's force in the Rebellion of 1837. Following Willson's death 1866, the strength of the sect diminished and its last service was held here 1886.


At the temple, now a museum, Leslie Street, Sharon - north of Newmarket

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: Regional Municipality of York

Municipality: Town of East Gwillimbury