The Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery is housed in an 1890s general store in the hamlet of Ormsby, one of the original settlements found along The Old Hastings Road about 20 minutes south of Bancroft. Although this location may seem quite isolated… with a population of only 20 residents… the history and heritage of the building and the area are an essential part of the experience while visiting this business.
The Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery has been expanding steadily since opening in 2003, and plans continue in that direction. These include use of the fifth century building still standing in Ormsby, the former St. Mary’s Anglican Church, located right next to the store. There are five century buildings remaining in Ormsby, with four of these still in use, creating a destination for locals, cottagers and tourists alike. The two churches are still active, while the one-room school has been transformed into The Old Ormsby Schoolhouse “Educated Dining” & Tea Room. The Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery provides a truly unique shopping experience in a setting that reimagines the old general store, with a vast assortment of goods for sale. Purchases often includes an introduction to local heritage through knowledgeable and friendly conversation with owners Lillian & Gary Pattison. Enjoy a virtual tour of the store here.
Lillian & Gary Pattison are stewards for The Old Ormsby Heritage Church, originally established Presbyterian and built in 1904. They bought and restored the vacant building, located down the road from The Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery, just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church in 2004. They continue to keep the church a functioning member of the local faith community with several services each year. Still to come this year are The Pioneer Service at 11:00 AM on August 28, and the very popular Christmas Carol Services on December 4, at 4:30 & 8:00. Everyone is welcome. For more information phone Lillian at the business contact number.
Visiting this store and this hamlet is indeed a “step back in time”.