Charles Woolverton Church Building

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General Information

Built in 1880, this lovely orange brick church was originally the site of the first Grout Foundry and Agricultural Works which burned down in 1879. The Grout Foundry was known for the invention of the horse-drawn grape hoe and the sulky plough.

A year after the fire, Charles Woolverton, an experienced farmer of missionary spirit, with only 25 members of his little Bible School on Adelaide Street, built his church. It served the Baptist community from 1881 until 1967 when it was sold to the Pentecostals. The stained glass windows were inserted as a memorial to Charles Woolverton by his son Linus.

Since the late 1980s it has served a more secular purpose as a banquet hall and upscale billiard hall called Different Strokes.


Corner of Mountain Street and Elm Street

Hours of Operation

Different Strokes:
Monday - Thursday
3:00 pm - 12:00 midnight
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 pm - 11:00pm

Grimsby Historical Society and archives located at the Carnegie Building, available for visit or phone on Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 am - 12 noon

Further Information

Grimsby Historical Society: Different Strokes billiard hall:

Ownership & Management

Different Strokes Billard Hall


Phone: (905) 309-0796


Charles Woolverton Church Building
19 Elm Street
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1R7

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: 43.192323776651
Longitude: -79.56277012414
UTM easting: 616781
UTM northing: 4783175



Grimsby Historical Society
Grimsby Archives
Carnegie Commons Building
25 Adelaide Street
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1X2
Tel (905) 309-0796