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September 24, 2016

Join us for our third biannual Doors Open event and tour 12 sites of historical or architectural interest.

Volunteers will be on hand at each site to greet you and provide touring instructions.

Walkerton is located within the Municipality of Brockton and is home to the Saugeen and Teeswater Rivers, as well as the Greenock Swamp – one of the largest forested wetlands in southern Ontario.

Steeped in history with a rich and colourful past, we invite you to explore our heritage properties on Saturday, September 24.

   

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 24 to help make Doors Open Walkerton and Area a success!

If you can volunteer for a three-hour shift, please email info@walkertonbia.ca. Thank you!

Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
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Dr. Ussher-Farewell House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
202 Catherine Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1867
Style: Regency
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Henry Ussher built this house in 1867and sold it in 1880 to Dr. Adolphus Farewell. The Regency-style cottage with its high fieldstone foundation and tall, narrow, symmetrical windows has some classical-revival features. The street-level door was the entrance to the doctor’s office. A marl brick carriage house was added later at the rear of the property.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Trails

Fischer Lind Farms Ltd.

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
32 Carrick Brant East
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-2975
Landscape type: Landscape
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John Philemon bought this property – now a fifth-generation farm – in 1902. The original barn was built with timber harvested from the farm woodlot. John’s granddaughter Marguerite and her husband Leo Fischer developed a dairy herd in the 1950s. In 2005, the Fischers relocated to the south end of the lot, where they opened Westwind Woods Bed & Breakfast.

Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Flach Family Homestead

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2340 Highway 9
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1864
Architect: John Flach
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This three-level stone dwelling was built by John Flach in 1864. In 1996, his great-granddaughter took ownership of this mixed-farming property. During the past two years, local artisans and building designers have restored the home, whose furnishings reflect a “back then” way of living. The restoration includes a working windmill, lavish outhouse and groomed landscape.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Folmer Gardens

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2668 Highway 9
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-3300
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On this property, once owned by the Tolton family, Mary and Frank Voginetz built their house around 1980. In 1996, they converted the farm into a garden centre and botanical garden – complete with formal rose gardens, a pond and waterfall, alpine garden, tropical courtyard garden and a gift shop. The gardens were featured in Canadian Gardening magazine in April 2010.
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Hobley-Leyshon House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
108 Cayley Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1880
Style: Classical revival
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This property was sold by a land agent in 1869 to blacksmith Charles B. Stevens, who built the house in 1880. The three-bay structure, the front entry with windowed transom and flanking side lights all serve to highlight this wonderful example of Walkerton’s unique architectural character.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Saugeen Masonic Lodge

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
206 Durham Street West
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1989
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first meeting of Saugeen Lodge 197 was in 1868. Membership peaked at 165 in 1931. Once at the corner of Yonge and Durham streets, the lodge was moved several times, eventually to the second floor of the Walkerton Agricultural Society building. Many original items crafted by early Bruce County cabinetmakers are still in use.
Partial wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
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Schumacher House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
19 Durham Street East
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-3713, ext. 103
Year built: 1903
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Community Living Walkerton and District’s Schumacher House was home to eight adults living independently with support from staff. A two-storey addition was built on the back portion, and the red-brick building was headquarters for support workers who assisted residents. In 1983, Schumacher House closed and was converted into a boardroom and offices for staff who assist people with intellectual disabilities.
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Silver Creek Bed & Breakfast

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
17 Yonge Street South
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-0252
Year built: 1880
Style: Victorian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This circa 1880 Victorian home, now a bed and breakfast, has a fieldstone foundation and red-brick exterior, a large bay window and a brick front porch with granite-topped columns. The carving on the wooden front door is impressive, as is the fireplace mantel, a solid granite slab crafted by the original owner, who started a Walkerton monument business in 1903.
Parking
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Thompson House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
221 Highway 9
Walkerton, Ontario
Year built: 1890
Style: Victorian
Building type: Private residence
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Victorian-style house, built circa 1890, has been added to several times over the years. The present owners have remodelled many rooms, using original wood from a shed on the property for baseboards and trim. At the front entrance is a unique horseshoe window.
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Victoria Jubilee Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
111 Jackson Street South
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-2826
Year built: 1897
Style: Victorian
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This high Victorian-style edifice has served as municipal offices, a marketplace, police station and firehall. Noted Canadian artist David Milne drew the hall, probably while attending high school in Walkerton. Volunteers, help by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, saved the building from demolition. Thousands of people visit every year to attend meetings, music recitals and an entertainment series.
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Walkerton Armoury

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
215 Jane Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Style: Renaissance revival
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walkerton received $10,000 to build a place to store the guns, drums and fifes of the local military. Architectural features of this Renaissance revival-style, pressed red-brick building include two continuous limestone belts around it, midway up and under the eaves. It became the home of the 32nd and 160th Bruce Battalions and later the Second World War 97th Field Battery.
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Walkerton Baptist Church

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
120 Cayley Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-881-1964
Year built: 1883
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The original marl brick Gothic revival-style church was constructed in 1883 and the Queen Anne revival-style addition in 1889. A red-brick archway surrounds the door of the main entrance. The steeple tower window – with its triangular arch – is unique as it combines two different architectural designs. Donald Sinclair, the first Speaker of the Ontario legislature, was a church member here.