What was once a centre of technology and innovation now sits in ruin, an adventure for the curious and a playground for graffiti artists and fans of urban decay.
The Teleglobe earth-satellite station was built in Charleston in 1963. The creation of the Canadian Department of Transport, Telecommunications & Electronics Division, the station was active from 1965 until 1995 and was instrumental in broadcasting worldwide events seen across the globe.
That site is the subject of an upcoming art and history show titled The Medway Through Time. Bob Whitelaw, president of the Medway Area Communities Association, has been putting on biennial art shows since 2008 to highlight the Medway area from the stone age to the space age. The new show will include photographs, documents, artifacts, maps, music, videos and tours.
Changes in technology led to the closure of the station in 1995 and it has since been abandoned. For years structures remained standing, such as a breezeway between two of the main buildings. Several years ago at least one satellite could still be spotted resting on the ground, but it has since disappeared.
Now, only a few structures remain standing, including the portion the infamous ball dome sat on.
In anticipation of Whitelaw's show, LighthouseNOW reporters went to explore some of the ruins.
You can also watch a video previously produced by LighthouseNOW on the Teleglobe station and its history here.
The Medway Through Time
Opens July 14 from 2 - 6:40 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m.
Music in the park takes place July 15 from 2 - 4 p.m. and July 23 2 - 4 p.m.
The show runs from July 14 - 23 and takes place at Port Medway Lighthouse Park and Seely Hall.