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Located on the Merritt Trail this historic site provides a great stop to investigate some of the local history. The Merriton area of St. Catharines was an industrial corridor in the 19th century, filled with mills and foundries. In 1870 Collinson and Burch opened a factory to produce knives and other sharp instruments such as sickles, the stone foundations seen on the site today were part of the original buildings. Later purchased by a pair of businessmen, Barnes and Whitman of Akron, Ohio, the factory became Barnes and Whitman Knifeworks in 1880.
The proximity to rail lines and the canal allowed for easy transportation of raw materials and completed goods. The canal itself powered the mills that ran the factories, the water from the Welland Canal
operated bellows in the furnaces and hammers in the forges.
In 1921 Barnes and Whitman were bought by a larger corporation and the factory was closed due to its unprofibility.
The parking lot for the knifeworks also displays the propellers from the "Royalton" the flagship of Captain Robert Scott Misener's fleet. The plaques document Misener's rise to become one of the pioneers of the Great Lakes shipping industry.
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Open Year-Round dusk - dawn
QEW exit 49, St. Catharines (ON 406)
Exit Westchester Avenue, St. Catharines
Left (east) on Westchester Crescent
Right into parking lot on Oakdale Avenue
If you pass the lights on Oakdale Avenue you have gone too far
QEW exit 44, St. Catharines (Niagara Street)
Left (west) on Welland Avenue
Left (south) on Tasker Street
Right (west) on Oakdale Avenue
Parking lot is the first driveway on the left, after the Oakdale Avenue traffic lights
Taylor, Robert. "Merriton, Ontario: The Rise and Decline of an Industrial Corridor." Canadian Journal of History and Science, Technology and Medicine. 14.2 (1990): 12-42.