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September 23, 2017

Celebrating Canada in King!

The King Township Historical Society and the King Township Heritage Advisory Committee are thrilled to be organizing Doors Open King Township 2017!

As you know, 2017 represents the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It’s a special moment in our history and a great opportunity for Ontarians to explore our past and imagine our future. This year, the Doors Open Ontario theme is around the concept of “identity” – knowing ourselves.

All of the Doors Open King Township participating venues will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 23. Parking and admission to these venues is FREE during this time. Volunteers will be at each of the venues to assist you and answer questions.

Please join us and enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of King Township’s heritage treasures!

Experience King!

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – you’re invited to Experience King and its many heritage treasures as we once again proudly host Doors Open King Township (DOK)!

King Township is one of the nine municipalities that make up the Regional Municipality of York. It encompasses the villages and hamlets of Ansnorveldt, Kettleby, King City, Laskay, Lloydtown, Nobleton, Pottageville, Schomberg and Snowball. The township is easily accessible by highways 400, 407, 27 and 9, and is 30 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

The township has a population that surpasses 20,000 people and is projected to grow to 35,000 people by 2031. An important asset of King Township is its strong rural economy and agricultural sector, which depends on the Holland Marsh's deep fertile soils and rich growing season. About 60 per cent of the Holland Marsh – also known as Ontario's Vegetable Basket –can be found in King.

Supporting Heritage in King!

Are you interested in volunteering for Doors Open King Township 2017?

Events like this would not be possible without the support of people from our community. On Saturday, September 23, our doors will be open at multiple private and public venues across the township from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are scheduling our volunteers in two shifts:
  • Morning (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.)
  • Full day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Greeting visitors to the venue
  • Keeping track of the number of visitors during your shift
  • Handing out maps to other participating venues, the event survey, etc.
  • Managing food and/or beverage stations, where applicable
  • Sharing some historical information about the venue (content provided by the event organizers)
  • Assisting with parking lot management (where applicable)
  • Installing and removing event-day signs
Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older or, if younger, accompanied by an adult.

At this time, we are still working on confirming our participating sites for Doors Open Ontario 2017.

If you are interested in volunteering for Doors Open King Township, please email: kelly.mathews@senecacollege.ca and indicate:
  • If you have a preference within King Township where you would prefer to volunteer (i.e., King City, Kettleby, Schomberg, Nobelton, Holland Marsh, Pottageville or No preference
  • Your shift preference (morning, afternoon or full day)
  • Your preference to be inside, outside or No preference during your shift
  • If you are willing to dress in a period costume (where and/or if applicable)

Thank you!

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Guided tours available

Christ Church Kettleby

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
292 Kettleby Road
Kettleby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-833-2331
Year built: 1891
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exterior of this pretty Gothic-revival church, built in 1891, with its castle-like bell tower, is a mosaic of colourful fieldstones. It was created by local artisans. Inside, marvel at the stained-glass windows – a beautiful example of the arts and crafts style. Geometric patterns combine with simple natural forms, all in rich jewel tones.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Dorio's Kettleby Bakery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
449 Kettleby Road
Kettleby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-3045
Year built: c. 1850
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For over 165 years, a conventional yet purposeful little building has been perched on the eastern slope leading into the picturesque Kettleby Valley. This building, which once served as the general store and post office for the village, is now home to Dorio’s Kettleby Bakery and exemplifies the value of repurposing a building.

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

King Township Museum (at King Heritage and Cultural Centre)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2920 King Road
King City, Ontario
Telephone: 905-833-2331
Year built: Church, c. 1851; station, c. 1852; schoolhouse, c. 1861
Architect: F.W. Cumberland
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum includes two designated buildings, a church (c. 1851) and Ontario’s oldest surviving railway station (c. 1852), as well as a one-room schoolhouse (c. 1861). On May 16, 1853, the first train in Upper Canada, pulled by the locomotive Toronto, arrived at the station, which originally was situated in King City on the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron line.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Kingcrafts

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
12936 Keele Street
King City , Ontario
Telephone: 905-833-1897
Year built: 1955
Architect: Clare G. MacLean
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kingcrafts is a non-profit organization founded by Lady Muriel Flavelle in 1950. The building was designed to meet women’s growing demand to come together to promote their skill and artistry in handicrafts. Studio groups include weaving, rug hooking, enamelling, pottery, fine art, stained glass, decorative arts, needlework, jewelry, fibre arts, card-making and wire sculpture.

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

Marylake

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
13760 Keele Street
King City , Ontario
Telephone: 905-833-5368
Year built: c. 1905
Architect: E.J. Lennox
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Marylake, once known as Lake Marie, is the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace. Enjoy the former country estate of Sir Henry Pellatt of Casa Loma fame, including the beautiful grounds and trails. Take an inside look at the gatehouse and barn. The gatehouse and entrance arch are a designated heritage sites in King Township.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Roost Cafe, The (Crawford and Maud Wells House)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
12974 Keele Street
King City , Ontario
Year built: 1900
Architect: Unknown
Style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial, Historic landmark, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Once the home of a local merchant couple, Crawford and Maud Wells, this recently renovated space is the perfect setting for a quaint and cozy café. Enjoy espresso-based beverages, coffees, teas and smoothies paired with a light breakfast, lunch or sweet. Then browse for treasures in the Farmhouse Consignment Shoppe, located in the parlour of this late-Victorian-era Ontario farmhouse.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
13456 Dufferin Street
King City, Ontario
Telephone: 905-833-3008
Year built: 1848
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian, also known as Eversley Presbyterian, served the religious needs of this community for 110 years before closing in the 1960s. Completed in 1848, the stone construction is representative of Scottish influence on the area. The church was recently renovated by a local design and construction company and now houses the real estate brokerage Engel & Volkers York.