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May 30, 2015

While Oxford County is known for its dairy and cheese industry, did you know about its impressive sport heritage?

Where was the first recorded baseball game in North America played? Who won the tug-of-war contest at the 1893 Chicago World Fair? Where is the World Crokinole Tournament held every year? What basketball team once formed the nucleus of Canada's Olympic team?

Discover answers to all these questions during Doors Open Oxford! Learn about our championship badminton club and our world-class soccer facility, as well as sailing, dragon boat racing, remote-controlled aircraft and more.

Your adventure begins in Oxford County.

Travel scenic rural back roads to explore eclectic culinary delights, artisans, festivals, cycling and hiking trails nestled among rolling hills and tranquil waters. Natural wetlands and woodlots set the stage for a birder's paradise.

Discover the unique communities that make up Oxford County while you are here during Doors Open Oxford!

Volunteer during Doors Open Oxford.

If you would like to volunteer during Doors Open Oxford, contact Tourism Oxford:

Telephone: 519-539-9800 or 1-866-801-7368, ext.3355
Email tourism@oxfordcounty.ca

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Annandale National Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
30 Tillson Avenue
Tillsonburg, Ontario
Telephone: 519-842-5355
Year built: 1880
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Look for a special exhibit featuring game balls, uniforms and Olympic memorabilia from the 1952 and 1960 Tillsonburg Livvies Basketball teams. They won the Canadian Basketball Championships and then went on to make up the nucleus of the Canadian Olympic basketball teams in those years.
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Beachville District Museum

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584367 Beachville Road
Beachville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-423-6497
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first recorded baseball game in North America was played in Beachville on June 4, 1838, using the basic rules, a wooden stick and a ball of yarn. At this Doors Open event, a game will be played in the same way, and anyone can join in. See an exhibit about the history of baseball, as well as historical artifacts.
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Cowan Park

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895 Ridgewood Drive
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-421-0030, ext. 34
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This impressive facility has an indoor soccer pitch, elevated walking track and 17 outdoor soccer pitches. For Doors Open, take a tour of the facility and see a PowerPoint presentation/video and a timeline of soccer in Woodstock. Bring walking shoes and take a stroll on the track.
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Embro Zorra Community Centre

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355644 35th Line
Embro, Ontario
Telephone: 519-485-0668
Year built: 1893
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Find out what happens at the July 1 traditional Highland Games and the 157th Embro Fair in September, celebrating the centennial of 4H Clubs in Ontario. Both events are the backdrop for the Memorial Tug of War. See memorabilia from the Zorra Team that won the 1893 World Championship in Chicago. Grab the rope, take up the slack and pull!
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Fung Loy Kok - Taoist Tai Chi

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467 Dundas Street
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-421-9956
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In 1970, Master Moy Lin-Shin arrived in Canada with the goal of teaching the Taoist Tai Chi® arts to anyone who wished to learn and benefit from them. Watch a demonstration of this type of Tai Chi, made up of 108 moves, or view a video of Master Moy. Talk to members about the health benefits of this art form.
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Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
290 Harris Street
Ingersoll, Ontario
Telephone: 519-485-5510
Building type: Museum, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore the history of sports in Ingersoll through audio-visual displays and items from the Ingersoll Sports Hall of Fame. Visitors can also view the museum’s regular displays, including one about cheese making in Oxford County.
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Norwich and District Museum and Archives

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
91 Stover Street North
Norwich, Ontario
Telephone: 519-863-3101
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See a Norwich Sports Hall of Fame exhibit of artifacts and archival material, including trophies and pennants from the former Norwich High School, and curling brooms made at the Norwich Broom Factory. Children can participate in pioneer picnic games, such as rolling the hoop, and wheelbarrow and three-legged races. Self-guided and guided tours available.
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Norwich Lawn Bowling Club

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15 Stover Street South
Norwich, Ontario
Telephone: 519-863-5635
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Founded in this location in 1907, this club has eight bowling rinks. Visitors can watch a demonstration game, try their hand at bowling, take a tour of the clubhouse and see a display of photos detailing the history of this club.
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Otterville Park

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2 North Street East
Otterville, Ontario
Telephone: 519-879-6804
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a guided tour and see displays about the early development of this 124-year-old park, and the bridge, historical Crystal Palace-style pavilion complete with bandshell, pool and ball diamond. Visitors are free to enjoy the natural beauty of the nature trail and centuries-old pines.
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Oxford County Museum School

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
290 Harris Street
Ingersoll, Ontario
Telephone: 519-926-0206
Year built: 1900
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This museum is a replica of a typical Oxford County schoolhouse of the 1900s. Re-enactments depicting activities of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s will take place, and the museum will have a display on school fairs with sports and games. Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on games from the early 1900s. Ribbons will be awarded for participating.
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Oxford Sailing Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
7251238 Pittock Park Road
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-632-8895
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located on the north shore of Pittock Reservoir in the Pittock Conservation Area, Oxford Sailing Club will be offering tours of the clubhouse and docks. If weather and wind conditions are favourable, interested visitors might be taken for a sail.
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Pittock Conservation Area

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7251238 Pittock Park Road
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 1-866-668-2267
Landscape type: Conservation area
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pittock Conservation Area provides access to Pittock Reservoir, where for years people have come to fish, boat, cycle, hike, camp, birdwatch and geocache. Take a self-guided tour of the grounds, as well as the opportunity to observe some of the activities that go on in this popular conservation area.
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Quehl's Restaurant

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
33 Woodstock Street South
Tavistock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-655-2835
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a guided tour of this heritage building, formerly a bowling alley, and see displays showcasing the history of hockey in Tavistock. Find out about the World Crokinole Championships, which take place in town, and learn how to play this game on boards made in the local area. Enjoy an excellent lunch on tables made from the bowling lanes!
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Sea Cadet Hall

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Southside Park
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-788-9001
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Sea Cadet program is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the Navy League cadets are celebrating 30 years of service to the community. See demonstrations, a video and pictures of cadet activities and skills, including heaving line and boatswain chair skills. Take the opportunity to try them.
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Tillsonburg Legion Branch 153

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
16 Durham Street
Tillsonburg, Ontario
Telephone: 519-842-5281 or 519-842-7266
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For 85 years, this branch of the Legion has supported sports teams and provided trophies and plaques. Come for a visit and see the displays about sports and pictures of sponsored teams.
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Woodstock Badminton Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
310 Hunter Street
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-423-6032
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Established in the early 1900s on land purchased from Chalmers Church, this club was the first recreational club in Woodstock. Visitors can tour the remodelled facility and play badminton or try their hand at pickleball, which is also played with a racquet.
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Woodstock Dragon Boat Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
707 Huron Street
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-533-3177
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At this club, on the south side of Pittock Reservoir, visitors can view a dragon boat and demonstrations on land, and tour the boathouse, the boat launch and a boat at dock. The Rotary Club of Woodstock began holding dragon boat festivals in 1998. A fun league was created that now has multiple teams that compete across southwestern Ontario.
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Woodstock Radio Control Flying Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
745751 Township Road 4 (Blandford-Blenheim)
Woodstock, Ontario
Telephone: 519-539-8674
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In a large open space leased from the Upper Thames Conservation Authority, there will be demonstrations of flying radio-controlled model aircraft. Come and take part in this Doors Open event, where visitors will have an opportunity to try this popular hobby.