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Northumberland County

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, June 1 to 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Northumberland allows you to explore the stories behind our community's unique buildings and sites. This free, family-friendly event showcases Northumberland's heritage, architecture and innovation with interactive experiences and tours of over 25 of our most fascinating cultural spaces.

Participating venues are located across Northumberland County – from Port Hope to Brighton to Campbellford. With so many amazing places to explore, be prepared to hit the road to experience all of the county's natural charm.

Make it a Doors Open daytrip or extend your stay for the weekend to make sure you have time to see it all!

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Community information

Doors Open provides the perfect opportunity to discover what Northumberland County has to offer! While you're here, enjoy delicious award-winning eateries and accommodations, browse unique shops, or take in our beaches and great outdoor adventures.

Getting here is easy. While we’re located just an hour’s drive east of Toronto, you may be reluctant to leave ...

For more information, visit our website.

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open Northumberland County is hosted by a committee of volunteers from all seven municipalities in Northumberland County, with the support of the Northumberland County Archives.

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, contact us at archives@northumberlandcounty.ca.

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Barnum House Doors Open Northumberland County

Barnum House

Eliakim Barnum emigrated from the United States in 1807. He built this house in 1819; generations of the family lived here until 1917. Enjoy a tour of this magnificent home, one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Ontario – faithfully restored by the Ontario Heritage Trust to how it would have been in the 1820-40 period.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

10568 County Road 2
Grafton, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/barnum-house

Architecture

Year built: 1819
Architect: Eliakim Barnum
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre

Constructed for the Township of Seymour, this was the first public building in the area. Over time, it has functioned as a council chamber, courtroom, church, school, jail and more. Since 1988, it has housed the Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Society. Discover local artifacts and explore the newly renovated barn and miniature railroad that recreates the Belleville-Peterborough line from the 1920s.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

113 Front Street North
Campbellford, Ontario
Telephone: 705-653-2634
www.csheritage.org

Architecture

Year built: 1857
Architect: John Langman
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canning Factory Doors Open Northumberland County

Canning Factory

This cannery opened around 1904, close to a new rail line. Operations ceased in about 1955 and the factory became derelict over the next 60 years. A remarkable renovation has blended the original with the modern to create a showroom for Vincent Sheppard's line of indoor and outdoor furniture.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

130 Canning Factory Road
Grafton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1904
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dortwood Observatory Doors Open Northumberland County

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Dortwood Observatory

Come and have some fun with the sun at the Dortwood Observatory – where you can enjoy a solar experience and see Earth’s “star” (the sun) in all its glory. There will be several solar-filtered telescopes and binoculars for safe viewing. Astronomy books and videos await in the visitors' centre.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3218 Burnham Street North
Cobourg, Ontario
Email: 905-376-8415
www.facebook.com/DortwoodObservatory

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Golden Rail Pub, Legion Village Doors Open Northumberland County

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Golden Rail Pub, Legion Village

The Golden Rail Pub at Branch 133, Legion Village features a historical mural of 59 Cobourg buildings, people, groups and landmarks. During Doors Open, you will have an opportunity to meet the artist, Allan Bender of Blinc Studios, who will be on site to discuss the process and significance of his work.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

111 Hibernia Street
Cobourg, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mill at Piper Creek Doors Open Northumberland County

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Mill at Piper Creek

The Mill at Piper Creek not-for-profit organization is proud to be continuing the restoration of the old Purdy mill in Castleton. Visitors can see the beautiful wooden interior of the mill, as well as a number of pieces of original mill equipment. High tea and live music will be offered onsite during Doors Open.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1742 Percy Street
Castleton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-344-7119
www.themillatpipercreek.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1940
Architect: Joseph Keeler II and Joseph Keeler III
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Port Hope Archives Doors Open Northumberland County

Port Hope Archives

The Port Hope Archives has been operating for 25 years as the repository for archival material and municipal records, including those from the original Town of Port Hope and Hope Township. They have photographs, archival material and some artifacts in the permanent collection. Enjoy a guided tour the stacks and get an inside look at how the archives works.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

17 Mill Street North
Port Hope, Ontario
Telephone: 905-885-1673
www.porthopearchives.com

Architecture

Year built: 1871
Architect: Kivas Tully
Building type: Attraction, Library, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. George's Anglican Church Doors Open Northumberland County

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St. George's Anglican Church

2019 marks the 175th anniversary of St. George's Anglican Church in Grafton. Although the 1844 wooden structure was destroyed by fire in 1908, the current brick church was opened just 10 months later. Designed by Grant Helliwell, the "church with the red roof" features a bell tower with battlements and Gothic-style buttresses and windows.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10792 County 2 Rd
Grafton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-355-1643
www.stgeorgesgrafton.org

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: Grant Helliwell
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wesleyan Methodist Meeting Hall Doors Open Northumberland County

Wesleyan Methodist Meeting Hall
The restoration of this building is arguably one of the most precise that has been accomplished in Northumberland County in recent years. The hall was derelict until a three-year, privately funded project was initiated in 2008 to restore the building to its original condition. Historical photos were used to guide the restoration work.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

118 Aird Street
Grafton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.