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September 16, 2017

The Town of Aylmer and the Municipality of Bayham have partnered to hold Doors Open East Elgin this year.

With seven locations in Bayham and four sites in Aylmer, there’s sure to be something for everyone to see!

Looking to volunteer?

Contact Councillor Barbara Ann Laur if you wish to volunteer at the Aylmer locations.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

Mennonite Furniture Clearance Center

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
53930 Eden Line
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-866-3343
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mennonite Furniture Clearance Center, along with the Mennonite Furniture Gallery, is a family-run business near Aylmer that has been selling locally made furniture since 1999. Almost all furniture pieces sold are made one-at-a-time by artisans and family businesses in the Amish and Mennonite communities within 300 kilometres (186 miles) of Aylmer. A variety of furniture styles is showcased.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Periscope Playhouse Cultural Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
42 Wellington Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 226-271-3815
Year built: 1970
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The current building, formerly the Scout Hall, was purchased by the Periscope Playhouse theatre group in 2016. The centre is an ideal size and configuration for live performances, with commanding views of the stage from every seat. The building will also be available for meetings, educational seminars and presentations. Come and see this impressive addition to East Elgin!

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Pitt Street and 17 Robinson Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4807
Year built: 1840s; restored 1986
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This 1840s wooden lighthouse played a vital role in guiding Lake Erie ships to safety. View the collections of historical and marine artifacts, period photographs, lighthouse lenses and a model of the railway car ferry Ashtabula. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for an excellent view of Lake Erie, Port Burwell harbour and the surrounding village.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Straffordville Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
9366 Plank Road
Straffordville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-866-3584
Year built: 1984
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Elgin County Council helped finance the Township of Bayham’s construction of a new library in Straffordville. It opened in 1984 and was renovated in 2012 to lower shelving, widen aisles, install power doors and make washrooms accessible. Services include free Wi-Fi, computer access, programs for all ages, and a variety of materials, including print, audio, DVDs, music and ebooks.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Trinity Anglican Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
25 Pitt Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4106 (parish hall)
Year built: 1836
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trinity Anglican Church, constructed entirely of wood, is 179 years old this year. It had a wood-burning heater in the early years but is now heated by natural gas. The seating capacity of the church is about 120. The beautiful stained-glass windows are original, as is the church bell.