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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 Arthur Oslach if you wish to volunteer at the Aylmer locations.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Aylmer Optimist Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
30 Queen Street
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-765-1722
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aylmer Optimist Club is a community service club that provides support to the youth of Aylmer and East Elgin.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Aylmer Police Station

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
20 Beech Street East
Aylmer, Ontario
Telephone: 519-773-3144
Year built: 1997
Architect: Walter-Fedy Partnership
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Aylmer Police Station is looking forward to opening its doors to the public this year. With the help of staff and volunteers, they will showcase current police technologies and services. During Doors Open, they will also be joined by county police partners. A K9 officer from the Ontario Provincial Police and a rollover simulator display will also be available.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Bayham's Family Table

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
6209 Plank Road
Vienna, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4085
Year built: 1983
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bayham’s Family Table is a family-style restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch daily. During Doors Open, explore displays about Thomas Edison and the local Bayham community (provided by the Bayham Historical Society) and learn about Edison’s connection to Vienna. Many featured artifacts – including various styles of phonographs – were donated by Nora Edison Coombe, Thomas Edison’s first cousin.

Parking
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Fred Bodsworth Library of Port Burwell

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
21 Pitt Street
Port Burwell, Ontario
Telephone: 519-874-4754
Year built: established 1939; 1961
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Port Burwell Library has moved several times over the years and is now located on Pitt Street. On June 12, 2005, the library was renamed in honour of Canadian novelist, journalist and naturalist Fred Bodsworth. Services include free Wi-Fi, public computer access, programs for all ages, and access to print, audio, DVDs, music and e-books.

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 the furniture pieces are made individually by artisans and family businesses in the Amish and Mennonite communities within 300 kilometres (186 miles) of Aylmer. A variety of furniture styles will be showcased.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Old Town Hall Theatre and Library

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
38 John Street South
Aylmer, Ontario
Year built: 1874
Style: Italianate
Building type: Library, Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Old Town Hall will feature the words of Sir John A. Macdonald (Canada’s first Prime Minister) and Pauline Johnson (famous poet and writer), who both spoke in Aylmer. View displays about the town and explore how it has looked through time. Heritage Committee members will be here to speak about the history of Aylmer, heritage properties and area homes.

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 building is ideal for live performances, with commanding views of the stage from every seat. The building is also 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 181 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.