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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  • August 9, 2017
    Well done. Many people do not know the role Norman Bethune played in the health of the world and in the history of Canada. This is very well done and extremely interesting. A must see.  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Dr. Norman Bethune is a unique character of its kind. Visit his house in the center of Gravenhurst is a place that illustrates the life of this famous doctor. He has a role in the development of specialized medicine. This famous doctor was also a great character very known in the passing year a few years ago the post office has issued a stamp in his honor.
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  • January 15, 2017
    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 »
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  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Great place to visit. Very well managed. Extremely friendly staff.
  • June 29, 2017
    Great history, great guide. Cool place👍
  • May 10, 2017
    Sexier than you might think!
  • October 25, 2016
    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.

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