New Life for Little White Church in Amherstburg

A new development for the Little White Church in Amherstburg.

On Monday, town council unanimously approved a bed and breakfast for the historic building at the end of County Rd. 9 (Howard Ave).

It was purchased by Drew Coulson and Greg Grondin last summer who have already gutted the interior of the building and will make it a six-room inn.

"It's great," says Grondin. "It is right at the gates of the north shore, so basically it has routes to the wineries, brewers, weddings and we are hoping it is going to be a big draw out for Amherstburg."

The former Methodist Church dates back to 1892 and is protected under the Ontario Heritage Act.

"It is a landmark, it is a beacon for travelers for more than 100 years," says Amherstburg Councillor Don McArthur.  "A plaque out front it says it was put there in 1892, a methodist church, right in the heart of Malden."

McArthur says people are always giving directions based on the church.

"Make a left at the little white church, make a right at the little white church, so it is a great location, it is something the town really really needs is accommodations," says McArthur.

Grondin says work has begun.

"The exterior must stay the same, we are working closely with the historical committee in Amherstburg which is very much on board with the project," Grondin says.

He expects to have it open this summer, likely August 1st.

There is also the potential of making it an eight room inn in the future.

A decision has not been made on the new name for the bed and breakfast.