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June 11, 2016

Clarington – a largely rural municipality – offers many things to see, do and explore!

Each year, Doors Open Clarington advocates for heritage sites featuring repurposed buildings where you can discover the past while exploring the present. Join us for a diverse experience featuring the town of Newcastle and surrounding area.

Newcastle is a beautiful old community that has an amazing history, leading in period architecture as well as innovation both then and now, and proudly plays host to Newcastles of the World in September 2016.

Come “Unlock Your History” and more in Clarington!

Volunteer are welcome and needed to make Doors Open Clarington a success!

Please help us “Unlock Your History.”

For more information on volunteering for this event:

Website: www.doorsopenclarington.com
Email: ACOCAMP30@gmail.com

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Partial wheelchair access
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Guided tours available

ADRA Canada

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20 Robert Street West
Newcastle, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ADRA Canada’s mission is to empower communities and change lives. Each year, their international community development and emergency relief projects help hundreds of thousands of people lift themselves out of poverty and recover after disasters. Previously located in Oshawa, they moved to Newcastle in 2013 after renovating a former seniors’ centre.
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Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Alfred Alldread Newcastle Fire Station 2

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3333 Durham Regional Highway 2
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 2014
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the spring of 2014, the old fire hall used since 1974 was replaced with this state-of-the-art, six-bay, 1,152-square-metre (12,400-square-foot) facility. It houses two pumper trucks, an aerial device and a tanker. A second-storey bay door allows for rope training. Come and explore the station and find out what the pre-alert system is that gives firefighters "a 30-second head start.”
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Belmont House

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302 Given Road
Newcastle, Ontario
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first home here, built circa 1814 by Major S.S. Wilmot, was destroyed by fire in 1898 and reconstructed on the original foundation. The cellar still contains several large rooms separated by brick arches and a spring where Samuel Wilmot began his fish-hatching experiments in 1860. The first fish hatchery in Canada was on this property. See the provincial plaque.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Bond Head Cemetery

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Northeast corner of Queen Victoria Street and Park Lane
Newcastle, Ontario
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. George's Anglican Church originally established this 1.2-hectare (three-acre) cemetery in 1857. The municipality took it over in 1972. Not to be missed are the graves of several well-known ship captains, and the raised family plots holding many generations of people who founded and helped create the town.
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Dr. Farncomb House

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136 Mill Street South
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1888
Style: Italianate
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This home was built around 1888 for Dr. Alfred Farncomb. Born in 1859, he was the first graduate from Trinity College School in Port Hope to become a doctor. He opened his Newcastle practice in 1883, specializing in diseases of women and children. The house exemplifies the Italianate style and has been restored to its original state.
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Durham Masonic Lodge

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20 King Avenue West (Newcastle Community Hall)
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1923
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Since its inception in 1846, the Durham Masonic Lodge has served the Newcastle area. Believed to have originated in Bond Head, the lodge later moved to several locations in Newcastle, finally taking up residence as one of the charter tenants of Newcastle Community Hall on its completion in 1923. The lodge rooms have been in continuous use since then.
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Ebor House

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573 Mill Street South
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1860s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One of Clarington’s most stately manors, this Newcastle house has recently been restored to its original Victorian splendour. It was built in the 1860s for Frederick Farncomb, who, with his business partner, James Robson, ran an important shipping business at Bond Head harbour. The house contains many of the Farncomb family’s original furnishings.
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Partial wheelchair access
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Massey Building, The

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97 King Avenue East (lobby only)
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1848
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daniel Massey’s original factory was Canada’s largest agricultural equipment business. Closed in 1879, it sat vacant until 1916 when James Anderson Smith purchased it to build wooden ammunition cases for the First World War. The building, later used to produce wooden jewelry and silverware cases, closed in 1990. Starting in 2004, the building has been converted for new residential/commercial use.
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Newcastle Community Hall

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20 King Avenue West
Newcastle, Ontario
Telephone: 905-987-5234
Year built: 1923
Architect: Sproatt and Rolfe
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Built in 1923 as a gift to the Village of Newcastle from Chester Massey of Massey-Harris fame, this hall is the largest public building in Clarington dating from that period. Now used for a variety of events, the hall contains many interesting features, including original wood panelling, the Massey portraits, the Soper Creek Model Train Association and a bowling alley.
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Newcastle United Church

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84 Mill Street South
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1867
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Originally a Methodist church, this beautiful building (constructed in 1867) was completed and equipped at a cost of $6,000. In 1893, a new brick hall opened. With the Massey family’s financial assistance, the interior was renovated in 1909. Memorial stained-glass windows were installed between 1965 and 1976, and an Allan organ in 1999. Lunch will be available for purchase.
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Newcastle Village and District Historical Society

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20 King Avenue West (Newcastle Community Hall)
Newcastle, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Newcastle Village and District Historical Society was founded in 1981. Its primary objectives, then and now, are to collect and preserve articles, photos, documents and all other objects of historical significance to Newcastle and district, promote public interest in the history of the area, and engage in historical research.
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Richard Varcoe House

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274 Mill Street South
Newcastle, Ontario
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This home was built circa 1856 by Richard Varcoe, who operated a licensed tavern in the village and lived here until 1914. It was the home of the Blackburn family for many years and was later converted to apartments. The present owner did extensive restoration work and brought the home back to its original condition as a single-family dwelling.
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Rosemary's Gardens

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215 Mill Street South
Newcastle, Ontario
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Work began on the front, side and rear gardens in the spring of 2011. In 2013, the front and side gardens earned first place for Ward 4 in the Clarington Blooms contest and, in 2015, won top recognition in the same event. Come and enjoy the now fully mature gardens!
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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

St. George's Anglican Church

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250 Mill Street South
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1857
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cornerstone of this fine example of classic Gothic church architecture was laid on July 2, 1857. In the late 1890s, a parish hall was added west of the church. The last structural renovation occurred in the early 1900s. Two beautiful Tiffany of New York windows, at each end of the church, are not to be missed.
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Guided tours available

Walbridge House

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483 King Avenue East
Newcastle, Ontario
Year built: 1820
Architect: Asa Wallbridge
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Built by Asa Walbridge around 1820, this house has survived fire, a 1950s modernization, squatters and a developer’s attempts to demolish it. A restoration is nearing completion. See original hand-sawn beams, flooring and windows, stone foundation, original bricks of Newcastle clay, and photos of the restoration process. Jim Sculthorpe, overseer of the restoration, will be present during Doors Open.