is a community in the Canadian
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province of Ontario
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in the county of Northumberland
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. The village of Warkworth, formerly named Benfield (1857), is part of the municipality of Trent Hills
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, formed in 2001.
The village features the historic Town Hall, now the Centre for the Arts. The village has Percy Centennial Public School, a community nursing home, medical centre and a seniors' residence. The town rink
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is also a primary centre of social interaction, historically serving hockey, (capturing 11 Provincial titles, most recently in 1993-1994) and ringette players as well as curlers. The village has a vital cultural life of live theatre and music and is home to many accomplished artists, and artisans. A historical plaque honouring local artist J.D. Kelly is located just outside the village centre.
A medium-security federal penitentiary, the Warkworth Institution
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, is located 8 km east of the village.
Warkworth hosts many significant special events which attract many thousands of tourists, including the annual Maple Syrup Festival in March, Perfect Pie Contest, Lilac Festival
, the summer Rodeo, the Rural Ramble, the Fall Fair, one of Eastern Ontario's largest truck shows, the Warkworth Truck Show
, the Donnybrook, studio, house and garden tours, and the famous Long Lunch in August.
Warkworth has been a hockey powerhouse, capturing 11 Provincial titles, most recently in 1993-1994.
- Gibson, Jennifer, et al. A Year in the Life of Warkworth Belleville, Ontario: Essence Publishing, 2005. (ISBN 1-55306-969-2)
- ed. by George M. Grant Reflections of Percy Township Warkworth, Ontario : Warkworth-Percy Historical Society, c2000. (ISBN 0968735606 paperback)