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June 11, 2016 - June 12, 2016

Don't miss this opportunity to peek inside some of Lambton County's most interesting private residences, public buildings, businesses, institutions and natural spaces.

They all have one thing in common: each site holds a piece of Lambton's past and a part of its future.

For those who appreciate the value of industry and the beauty of nature, Lambton County is a border region in southwestern Ontario – home to scenic farmland, blue waters and energy pioneers.

Home to 126,199 residents, Lambton County is the perfect place to live, work and play. Whether you seek bright beaches, calm countryside, exciting city streets or safe small towns, it can all be found here in Lambton!

Want to give back to your community in a hands-on way? Doors Open Lambton County welcomes volunteers at each of the participating sites to greet and direct visitors, give tours and answer questions.

Attention high school students! Volunteer for Doors Open and receive hours toward your 40 hours of community service.

For more information:

Email: doorsopen@county-lambton.on.ca

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Alton Farms Estate Winery

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5547 Aberarder Line
Plympton-Wyoming, Ontario
Telephone: 519-899-2479
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find out about the only local vineyard and winery in Lambton County! The hands-on owners love to show people what they do to make their wines. Enjoy a wagon ride to the vineyard and learn about the 30 grape varieties grown there. Meet the Shetland sheep, tour the winery and chat with the winemaker.
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French services available
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

ART Shop, The

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5305 Nauvoo Road
Watford, Ontario
Year built: Late 1800s
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Art Shop (housed in an 1883 building) provides studio and gallery space to local artists and musicians. Since 2014, The Art Shop has evolved into a community arts centre. On Saturday during Doors Open, Art Social Day will feature performances by local musicians, face painting and other creative activities. On Sunday, enjoy activities for young and old.
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Christ Church, Petrolia

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414 Oil Street
Petrolia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-882-1430
Year built: 1959
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with bell access); Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.
Firefighters managed to save the bells from the original church when fire destroyed it in 1957. One of only nine registered sets in Canada, these bells were installed in the new church in 1959. On Doors Open Saturday, visitors will be able to play these bells. On both days, guided tours will highlight the stained-glass windows by artist Christopher Wallis.
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Cull Drain Bridge

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2354 Lakeshore Road (Mike Weir Park)
Brights Grove, Ontario
Year built: 1910
Architect: Jenks & Dresser
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This historical bridge, built in 1910, provided spectacular views over Lake Huron, making it a popular destination. In 2012, the bridge avoided demolition and was moved to Mike Weir Park. Visit the park to explore historical photos and artifacts and learn about the bridge’s history from the Friends of Cull Drain Bridge, who hope to see it restored.
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DeGroot's Nurseries Garden Teahouse

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1840 London Line
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-542-3435
Year built: 1906
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This farmhouse, now home to a busy tearoom, was constructed in 1906 by Christopher Dent for his bride-to-be, Eva. The DeGroot family bought the farm in 1980 to expand their nursery-greenhouse. Take a guided tour of the building, view photos and early documents, explore the gardens around the home and enjoy a few tasty treats.
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Enbridge Sarnia Solar Farm

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5115 Blackwell Sideroad
Sarnia, Ontario
Year built: Opened fall 2010
Building type: Green building
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Comprising over 1.3 million solar panels, this was the largest solar energy facility in the world when it opened and generates enough energy to power over 12,000 homes. Guided tours of the solar farm and native plant gardens will be offered, as well as a free lunch. Explore this innovative site and learn more about solar power generation.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
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Fairbank Oil Properties

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Park at 2558 Duryee Street
Oil Springs, Ontario
Year built: 1861
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Started in 1861, Fairbank Oil is the world's longest-operating oil field and a fourth-generation family business – and still pumping oil! Take a driving tour of this National Historic Site, stopping en route to explore and chat with guides. Discover the nature trail, meet the Fairbanks and see the geological display. You may even see sheep and llamas!
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Forest Glen Herb Farm & Bed and Breakfast

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8333 Glendale Drive
Lambton Shores, Ontario
Telephone: 519-899-4372
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Settled in the 1850s, this farm became a busy herb farm in 1982. Explore the only working barn along Lake Huron in Lambton County. The red-brick farmhouse was built in the 1870s with brick from Hamilton. Enjoy live demonstrations exploring the historical uses of herbs, as well as property tours. Don’t forget to sample a cup of herbal tea.
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Forest-Lambton Museum

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8 Main Street North
Forest, Ontario
Telephone: 519-786-3239
Year built: 1885
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided walking tours of downtown Forest will leave from the museum at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days
This site was the former Forest Home Bakery, one of the town’s first businesses. The Forest-Lambton Museum moved to this site in 2009. Walking tours of historical Forest will depart from the museum at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Spinning demonstrations, guides in period costumes and an exhibit exploring town doctors will also greet visitors.
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Grand Bend Rotary Community Stage

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90 Main Street West (Grand Bend Beach)
Grand Bend, Ontario
Year built: 2016
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 2 to 10 p.m.
Music has been a huge part of the Grand Bend experience since Big Band days at the Lakeview Casino. Many famous artists – including Guy Lombardo and Louis Armstrong – made the Grand Bend beach the place to be. Join us for the site’s official opening on June 11, with free concerts by a range of artists and musicians all weekend.
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Huron Shores United Church

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25 Main Street
Grand Bend, Ontario
Telephone: 519-238-2402
Year built: 1927
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service at 10 a.m. (all are welcome)
Built in two layers of bricks, this church features beautiful stained-glass windows and a bell brought to the area by early Scottish settlers. This will be the last opportunity to see the interior of the building before the church is renovated. Members of the congregation will be on hand to share the history of the church and to guide visitors.
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Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

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147 Lochiel Street
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-336-8127
Year built: 1893
Architect: Alar Kongats
Style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at 1 and 3 p.m. both days – 30-minute vault tours (register on website); at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days – 15-minute Red Dot tours (just drop in)
The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery was designed by Kongats Architects; construction was completed in 2012. The original structure was known as the Thom Building, built in 1893 by local photographer Major John Strathearn Thom to accommodate his photography studio. This purpose-built gallery includes equipment that ensures the strict environmental controls necessary for exhibiting world-class art.
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Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Wood Drive Coastal Meadow Enhancement Project

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9926 Lake Road
Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Ontario
Telephone: 519-786-4893
Landscape type: Landscape
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This natural heritage area consists of a large coastal wetland that extends along the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation shoreline. The wetlands complex is the only one of its kind on Lake Huron that is located within the Carolinian zone. Volunteers will be on hand to highlight the work done to preserve this area and to provide walking tours.
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Kiwanis Kineto Theatre

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24 King Street West
Forest, Ontario
Telephone: 519-786-2303
Year built: 1917
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.
The Kiwanis Kineto Theatre is one of the world’s oldest continually running independent movie theatres. In 1917, the Rumford brothers purchased it and converted it into Forest's first movie theatre. In 1977, the Kiwanis Club purchased the theatre and adapted it for digital screenings. At the theatre's museum – normally closed to the public – you can explore Forest’s history of theatre/film.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Lakeview Cemetery & Crematorium

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1016 Colborne Road
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-337-5761
Year built: 1879 (cemetery); 1920 (mausoleum)
Building type: Cemetery, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lakeview Cemetery, incorporated in 1879, is the final resting place of generations of Sarnians. It contains the burial site of Alexander Mackenzie, Canada’s second prime minister, and Pauline McGibbon, Ontario’s first female Lieutenant Governor. When Lakeview opened, graves were moved here from several local cemeteries. Many of the old markers that were moved show dates prior to 1879.
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Lambton County Archives

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787 Broadway Street
Wyoming, Ontario
Telephone: 519-845-5426
Year built: 1991
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Lambton County Archives supports local genealogical and history research. Explore rare documents and photographs from the collection’s storage vault, some of which highlight local inventions. Meet with an Assistant Archivist to jump-start your own research project. Thirty-minute Introduction to Genealogy talks will be held at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
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Mandaumin United Church

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3008 Confederation Line
Wyoming, Ontario
Telephone: 519-383-8079
Year built: 1881
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 2 to 4 p.m.
The Mandaumin United Church congregation, established in 1855, will hold its last service on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The current building, built in 1881, contains a lovely mural at the front of the sanctuary and stained-glass windows donated by families of the congregation. Come view the history display and stay for some light refreshments.
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Moore Museum

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94 Moore Line
Mooretown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-867-2020
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Moore Museum offers a wealth of historical settings and intriguing exhibits. Twelve buildings – including a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, Victorian cottage, railroad station, caboose and blacksmith shop – provide opportunities for nostalgia and discovery for visitors of all ages. Special demonstrations around the site will be offered both days to engage visitors in exploring the life and work of past generations.
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Nemo Hall

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419 King Street
Petrolia, Ontario
Year built: 1878
Style: Second Empire
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nemo Hall was built by John J. Kerr, a prominent builder, lumber mill owner and oil man. The home is an excellent example of the Second Empire style, and the only remaining building of this architectural type in Petrolia. The original property was three acres and included the house, a coach house, an orchard, exotic gardens and five oil wells.
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National Historic Site (Canada)
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Oil Museum of Canada

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2423 Kelly Road
Oil Springs, Ontario
Telephone: 519-834-2840
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Oil Museum of Canada is located on the site of North America’s first commercial oil well. See where and how the modern oil industry burst into being at this National Historic Site. Visit the first oil well site, attempt spring pole drilling, listen to the music of the jerker lines, crack the scavenger hunt, and create with “Pump Jack.”
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Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church

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390 Christina Street North
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-336-2653
Year built: 1878
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After a short year of construction between 1877 and 1878, this Gothic revival building, with its stunning windows, rose from limestone foundations to a height of 165 feet (50.3 metres). Many features of the church, such as the rose window in the south transept, are original. Guided tours of the main floor will feature the architectural highlights of the church.
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Refined Fool

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137 Davis Street
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-704-1335
Building type: Food and drink
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore this beautiful brick building in downtown Sarnia – now home to the craft brewery, Refined Fool – complete with its original ceiling. Enjoy guided tours of the facility, learn about the equipment required to brew their various products, and discover the brewing process. Samples of recent creations will be available.
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Roelands Plant Farms Inc.

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5894 Douglas Line
Lambton Shores, Ontario
Telephone: 519-330-9345
Year built: 2013, 2015
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Site accessible only by 30-minute guided tours; Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p,m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. only
Roelands Plant Farms Inc. is an eight-acre (three-hectare) family-owned greenhouse operation that has doubled in size since opening in 2013. They grow pepper, tomato and cucumber seedlings for Ontario greenhouse vegetable growers and "living lettuce" (lettuce packaged and sold in growing medium) in the summer off-season.
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Skilbeck House

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112 Maria Street
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-490-1851
Year built: 1834
Architect: Robert Skilbeck
Style: Regency
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tour the main floor of this regency-style cottage, built by Robert Skilbeck. The house features a low hip roof, rectangular transom and large multi-paned windows. The back room was once home to Sarnia's first bank (precursor to Lambton Loan) and the bricked-in outlines of the cashier's wicket are still visible. The house was remodelled in 1937 by E. Stanley Smith.
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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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261 Christina Street North
Sarnia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-332-2662
Year built: 1867
Landscape type: Landscape
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 12:30 to 4 p.m.
The original church was built in 1841; the current building opened on July 1, 1867. Canada's second Prime Minister, Alexander Mackenzie, worked as a bricklayer before his political career and helped to build this church. Mackenzie was buried from this building.
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St. John in the Wilderness Anglican Church

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2896 Old Lakeshore Road
Brights Grove, Ontario
Telephone: 519-869-2403
Year built: 1856
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. (all are welcome)
Come and visit St. John in the Wilderness Anglican Church, celebrating 160 years in 2016. In 1856, the church was built on the shores of Lake Huron. At the time, the land on which it was built was cedar swamp – which led to its unusual name. Historical photographs and prayer shawls will be on display.
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Silo House, The

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6542 Brigden Side Road
Brights Grove, Ontario
Year built: 1842
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The land on which this silo is located was part of Lambton's first communal settlement, in the mid-19th century. The silo standing today was part of that settlement and was used for grain storage from 1842 until 1947, when it was converted into a four-level home. A spiral staircase reaches all floors and provides spectacular views of Lake Huron.
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Sombra Museum

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3470 St. Clair Parkway
Sombra, Ontario
Year built: 1880
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sombra Museum's Cultural Centre houses an extensive marine collection, exhibit room and research room. This year, the new exhibit Wood – Glory – Tragedy explores shipbuilding and shipwrecks on the St. Clair River. Across the road stands the museum's Bury House, built in 1880, where visitors can discover the exhibit All Dolled Up: Down Town, which features over 100 dolls.
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Twin Pines Orchards and Cider House

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8169 Kennedy Line
Thedford, Ontario
Telephone: 519-296-5556
Year built: 2005
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
This family-owned and -operated 50-acre (20-hectare) apple orchard and timber-framed cidery is an agricultural innovation award-winner and part of a provincial study linked to the growing of traditional cider apple varieties. Stroll the trails, sample the hard ciders and go behind the scenes to view the pressing room.
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Kid-friendly
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Up at Sunrise Hostas

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8278 Ridge Road
Thedford, Ontario
Telephone: 519-868-6173
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Up at Sunrise Hostas is a small business with 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of beautiful gardens consisting mainly of hostas. Over 1,000 varieties of hosta can be found on the farm. During Doors Open, discover the family's private gardens and explore behind the scenes in the hosta fields. Refreshments will be available.
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Watford-Warwick Museum

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515 Ontario Street
Watford, Ontario
Year built: 1885
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This building was constructed in 1885 as the Watford Fire Hall. This hall was unique in that a jail cell was added after 1900. The building was converted into a museum in 2012. See the MaxMobile, a 1900 handmade car by David Maxwell, and a 1936 Ford Bickle Fire Truck. Learn more about the history of Watford and Warwick Township.