Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site, Gravenhurst

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Bethune Memorial House, a National Historic Site of Canada in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, commemorates the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. Impatient and restless, he was inspired by a sense of duty to others and a love of the outdoors. In Bethune, these characteristics were the seeds of a battlefront surgeon, activist, humanitarian, inventor, teacher and artist. The historic site explores the roots and examines the legacy of this international hero. Dr. Bethune spent the last two years of his life in China, serving as a surgeon and teacher.The house was built in 1880 to serve as the manse of Knox Presbyterian Church. Malcolm Bethune became the minister of Knox Church in 1889 and, a year later, his son Norman was born in the manse. The Bethune family remained in Gravenhurst until 1893 when they moved to Beaverton, Ontario. Thereafter, the house was occupied by a succession of ministers.In 1973 the house was purchased by the federal government's Department of External Affairs. Restoration of the building was subsequently undertaken by Parks Canada, which is now responsible for its operation.In August 2002, then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, who is of Chinese birth, visited the house and unveiled a bronze statue of Dr. Bethune erected by the Town of Gravenhurst. It is located on the main street alongside the notable Opera House.
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  • Will open on June 2017, in winter only snow and quiet there but very nice house for Bethune. Will visit when summer time . Pictures...  more »
  • This is a place that holds such rich history. You learn so much from the displays! They set up the pricing in a weird way though. There is the regular fee- you get admission to the main building and t...  more »
  • It was located in the residential area but very educational and lots to learn. I am glad I took my teenage children. They have learned the base of Canadian Health Care system and also humanitarian.  more »
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  • Simple museum/memorial. Staff are very nice, friendly, and helpful. Museum also has Chinese translations. Overall, a fun trip with the Parks Canada 150 pass.
  • Great place to visit. Very well managed. Extremely friendly staff.
  • Great history, great guide. Cool place👍
  • Sexier than you might think!
  • A really interesting visit a surprise to see the popularity of the Canadian with the Chinese people and visitors. Gravenhusrt is a nice town to visit and a must stop is the Sawdust Co Brewery.