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June 17, 2017

Doors Open is your unique opportunity to explore sometimes-hidden, always-interesting places.

In Fergus-Elora, visit an 1833 barn and its barnyard residents, ring a 1,000-pound, 180-year-old church bell, walk a trail, and have a peek in some of the area’s finest heritage spaces that you don’t get to see any other day!

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in Fergus-Elora and area with 150-plus years of local heritage and storytelling.

To find out more about where to eat, stay, visit and shop in our spectacular community. check out Visit Fergus Elora or our Visitors Guide.

For the history buff, you must visit the Wellington County Museum and Archives.

Are you friendly and outgoing with a passion for your community and the history of the place you call home? Do you love a good story and sharing with others?

Then Doors Open Fergus Elora has an enriching volunteer experience for you. Contact ebender@centrewellington.ca for more information.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Elora Cataract Trailway

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
Meet at 536 Wellington Road 18 (Wellington County Museum and Archives)
Fergus, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As they approach the 25th anniversary of the trailway, the Elora Cataract Trailway Association has created an exhibit called The Founders Project at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. During Doors Open, the exhibit will be staffed by trail volunteers and maps will be available for a self-guided 4.25-kilometre (2-mile) loop hike from the museum.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Elora Centre for the Arts

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
75 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-0996
Year built: 1856
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the Elora Centre for the Arts, housed in the former Elora Public School, which was built in 1856. This year, they celebrate with their long-time tenants: the Montessori School of Elora, the Elora Environment Centre and the Fergus-Elora Academy of Dance. Additional studio spaces add to the ongoing creative collaborations here.

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Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

Jones House, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
36 David Street East
Elora, Ontario
Year built: 1895
Architect: William H. Stafford Sr.
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This gorgeous home was constructed by William H. Stafford Sr., second generation of Elora’s renowned family of masons. Built for David Jones Jr., cattle and grain marketer, the home is a perfect illustration of Stafford design (double brick, two storeys) and pride in workmanship. Tour the lavish gardens, admire the architecture and find out more about the Stafford family’s legacy.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario 150

Knox Presbyterian Church and Manse

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
55 Church Street East
Elora, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-0680
Year built: 1873-74
Architect: James & Lalor, Toronto
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Knox Elora remains a Christian community teaching generations to do good to all people in all places by all means, as long as we are able. Visit the Victorian manse and the 19th-century Gothic-revival building, and ring the 499-kg (1,100-pound) bell in celebration of Canada’s 150th and the 180th anniversary of the congregation.

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Self-guided tours available

Marshall Block - Tower Section

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
101 St. Andrew Street West
Fergus, Ontario
Year built: 1883
Architect: Lloyd Grinham
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Marshall Block was built for John Black, a successful local merchant. It housed his offices until 1901 when the Imperial Bank of Canada moved in – and stayed until the mid-1950s. Doors Open offers a great opportunity to tour this Second Empire-style building – which features a unique domed tower and large bank vault. The building is currently undergoing careful renovations.

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

Rosedale Farm

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7702 Sixth Line
Ennotville, Ontario
Year built: 1830s
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rosedale Farm is a 107-acre farm (43 hectares) that was settled in the early 1830s by Major A. F. Sherratt from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Enjoy a touch of country. Tour the “bank barn,” walk around this spacious and peaceful property, and visit with the Clydesdale horses that were the models for the Clydesdale statues at the Wellington County Museum and Archives.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

St. James Anglican Church and Butterfly Garden

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
171 Queen Street East
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-843-2141
Year built: 1948
Architect: Designed by Rev. C.J. Loat, Rector
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Established in 1948 along the Grand River, this third home for St. James Anglican Church includes an impressive interior as well as beautiful butterfly garden overlooking the river. For Doors Open, the church celebrates the rich heritage of the land and water with Our Shared Land: Giving thanks for the last 150 years of Canada, plus centuries of Indigenous sovereignty.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Township of Centre Wellington Municipal Office

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 MacDonald Square
Elora , Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-9691
Year built: 1994
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This building stands on the site of the former town hall, which stood from c. 1874-1961. Over the years, the town hall has served several uses, including: a market house, municipal office, town hall and fire hall. The current municipal office was built in 1994. See where municipal decisions are made and meet members of Council.

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Self-guided tours available

Veranda House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
62 Melville Street
Elora, Ontario
Year built: 2005
Architect: Turner Fleischer, Toronto
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 2005, this private home replaces the original building, which was constructed for Thomas Vickers c. 1852. The present architecture is designed to blend in with a heritage village and has a stunning open-concept design, hardwood floors and beautiful interior features. The current owners of Veranda House have lived there since 2014.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
Trails

Wellington County Museum and Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
0536 Wellington Road 18, RR 1
Fergus, Ontario
Telephone: 519-846-0916
Year built: 1877
Architect: Victor Stewart
Style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1877, this National Historic Site has been a museum since 1975. There are multiple galleries, outdoor features and state-of-the-art archives, which share the history of Wellington County. A new museum trail to the Grand River and the ruins of a kiln and water reservoir will be highlighted. The popular underground “tunnels” will also be open for the day!