Located just north of Toronto in beautiful King Township, the King Heritage & Cultural Centre (KHCC) sits on the highland of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The KHCC is home to the King Township Historical Society, the Township of King’s museum and archival collections, a long-term museum exhibition, and four historic buildings. The Centre hosts rotating heritage exhibits, art displays from Arts Society King (ASK) and installations from other partner organizations.
Heritage & Cultural Master Plan
In September 2021 the Township of King adopted its first ever Heritage & Cultural Master Plan. The Plan is a comprehensive, longterm outlook designed to support the overall vision of King Township. The Plan emphasizes partnership and collaboration while extending the boundaries of cultural activities beyond the KHCC site to the entirety of the Township. Using innovation and maximizing existing resources, the Plan will provide more opportunities to share King’s history, support partner organizations, safeguard valuable heritage assets and promote community engagement. The intention of the Plan is to achieve immediate institutional needs while aligning with King Township’s Official Plan and the Corporate Strategic Plan. It identifies crucial methods for tracking indicators of success and creates a guide for long-term enrichments to the cultural environment of King Township. The Plan will guide staff in maintaining King’s unique identity, care for its heritage collections and celebrate the cultural assets that King has to offer.
History of the Site
The KHCC is situated on the site of the original S.S. #23 Kinghorn Schoolhouse (c.1861). Administration offices, archives and east gallery space are located in portions of the 1960 expansion to the building while the long-term exhibit is housed in the newly renovated original one-room schoolhouse.
The King Heritage & Cultural Centre developed out of the King Township Museum. When the Kinghorn School became vacant in 1978, the King Township Historical Society (KTHS) saw an opportunity to create a museum and the building was purchased by the Township for their use. The KTHS created the King Township Museum and managed the facility until 2000, at which time it became a Township Facility. The King Archives moved to the site from library in 2015 and title was transferred to the Township in 2019. In 2014, the name of the facility changed to the inclusive title of King Heritage & Cultural Centre.