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September 23, 2017

Doors Open Oxford-Norwich invites visitors to discover our unique Quaker history, early Black settlement and agricultural heritage.

Norwich Township is located within the County of Oxford in the heart of southwestern Ontario, with beautiful countryside, villages and productive farmland.

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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

African Methodist Episcopal Church Site and Cemetery

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Church Street North
Otterville, Ontario
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rediscover Oxford’s Black history! In May 2007, the South Norwich Historical Society initiated a project to locate the site of the 1856 African Methodist Episcopal Church and re-mark graves in the cemetery. This wonderful venue invites peace and thoughts of these early settlers – escaped slaves and free immigrants – who made beautiful Oxford County their home.

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Grand Trunk Railway Station Museum

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225422 Main Street West
Otterville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-879-6804
Year built: c. 1875
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Otterville Railway Station was constructed circa 1875 as the Otterville station of the Port Dover and Lake Huron railway line, which linked Port Dover with Woodstock. The single-storey wooden railway station has a waiting room and office, which have been authentically restored. The baggage room now houses displays about the area's history and railway construction in the 1880s.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese

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445172 Gunn's Hill Road, RR 4
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-424-4024
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This is a small artisan cheese plant nestled within the rolling hills of Gunn's Hill Road. The cheeses are truly unique, although you can taste the Swiss influence from techniques and recipes Shep learned while making cheese in the Swiss Alps. Visitors can view the cheese factory through a large glass window and watch live video of the aging rooms.

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Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Norwich and District Museum and Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
89 Stover Street North
Norwich, Ontario
Telephone: 519-863-3101
Year built: 1889
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Housed in a 19th-century Quaker Meeting House, this museum is home to hundreds of artifacts and countless resources on the history of Norwich Township. Experience life as an early Quaker in the quaint town of Norwich while exploring its history. The site also contains an 1811 saltbox, a blacksmith shop, Gore Church and barns.

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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Otterville Mill

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
243 Main Street West
Otterville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-879-6804
Year built: 1845
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Otterville Mill was built in 1845 by Edward Bullock and is run by water power supplied by a dam on the Otter River. This historical site and its surrounding meadow is a beautiful place set in the centre of the village.

Quaker Street Burying Ground

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
345697 Quaker Street
Norwich, Ontario
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In June 1810, Peter Lossing – a member of the Society of Friends – along with his brother-in-law, Peter De Long, purchased 6,070 hectares of land (15,000 acres) in this area. These resourceful pioneers founded one of the most successful Quaker communities in Upper Canada.

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Partial wheelchair access

Ross Butler Agricultural Art Gallery

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780 Pattullo Avenue West, RR 4
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-456-8155
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Known as “the world’s leading livestock artist,” Ross Butler’s legacy is his unique collection of agricultural art. An authority on “True Type” animal proportions, creator of butter sculptures at national fairs, noted painter and sculptor, and agricultural promoter, Butler’s passion for farm animals is evident here in his former studio/gallery.