Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Ontario had another successful season! Nearly 500,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated. Stay tuned for information about next season …

Brockton

Event information

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ever walked by a particular home or building and wondered what it looked like inside? Or what kind of valuable history it offers to the community? Wonder no longer! Doors Open Brockton will have 13 sites open to the public this year during this FREE event.

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Community information

Brockton is a vibrant municipality located on the Saugeen River in the County of Bruce. It includes several quaint, small towns – each with a rich and unique history.

"We'd love the pleasure of your company."

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Become a volunteer

A great way to see some of our sites is to become a volunteer. The time commitment is minimal and the role is simply to greet people in a friendly manner and prompt them to sign our guest book.

For more information, please contact us.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-577-7335
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com
Website: www.facebook.com/BrocktonHeritage

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12 sites found

Bruce County (Walkerton) Gaol Doors Open Brockton

Bruce County (Walkerton) Gaol

The Gaol (jail) was built in 1867, operated for almost 144 years and closed in 2011. Retrace the footsteps of famous inmates such as John Haag, who is rumoured to have survived his hanging. See if you can figure out how escape artist Mickey McArthur got out. Capture your best “cell-fie” in one of the original jail cells!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

209 Cayley Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1866
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. Mullen House Doors Open Brockton

Dr. Mullen House

This house was originally part of the Bobier subdivision. James Blair (owner of the Walkerton Ironworks) and his wife Frances lived here in the late 1800s. It is perhaps best known as the home of Dr. Gerald Mullen, a well-known local veterinarian. In his practice, he cared for animals in Walkerton and the surrounding area for nearly 40 years.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

415 Gibson Street
Walkerton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1880
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Flach Family Homestead Doors Open Brockton

Flach Family Homestead

This three-level stone dwelling was built by John Flach in 1863. In 1996, Flach’s great-granddaughter took ownership of this mixed-farming property. For three years now, several local artisans and building designers have researched and restored the home back to its historical uniqueness. The restoration of this quaint homestead includes a working windmill, lavish outhouse and groomed landscape.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

2340 Highway 9
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1864
Architect: John Flach
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. Doors Open Brockton

Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

Hammond's originally started in Guelph in 1917 as a foundry tool manufacturer. During the Second World War, they started to build specialized transformers and reactors for military communication and radar equipment. The company grew from 50 to over 300 employees to satisfy the demand. In 1976, a plant was built in Walkerton, which currently produces over 65,000 transformers per year!

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

15 Industrial Road
Walkerton, ON, Ontario
Email: info@hammondpowersolutions.com

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Johnson Woodworks Doors Open Brockton

Johnson Woodworks

The family business of Johnson Woodworks was established in 1946. The current owner, Darryl Johnson, took over the business in 1999 to continue the traditions of quality craftsmanship passed down through the generations. Johnson Woodworks provides the community with custom cabinetry for the kitchen, home office, bathroom vanities and other interior spaces.

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  • Parking

Contact info

964 Old Durham Road
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: johnsonww@wightman.ca
www.johnsonwoodworks.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leyshon (Hobley) House Doors Open Brockton

Leyshon (Hobley) House

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.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

108 Cayley Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schmidt Lake Lookout Trail (Saugeen Valley Conservation Area) Doors Open Brockton

Schmidt Lake Lookout Trail (Saugeen Valley Conservation Area)

The Greenock Swamp, once measuring over 60,702 hectares (150,000 acres) now comprises only about 8,093 hectares (20,000 acres). It is known throughout Canada for its unique flora, including orchids and mosses. A new floating boardwalk officially opened in June 2017, which allows visitors to access the views of the beautiful flora and immerse themselves in nature.

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  • Parking

Contact info

283 Schmidt Lake Road
Cargill, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Landscape: Conservation area, Natural heritage, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church Doors Open Brockton

St. John's Lutheran Church

This church congregation was formed in Elmwood on June 3, 1886. They paid the Anglicans $12 for use of their building in 1887. After that, a reformed congregation sold them a brick building just south of the current church. The building that we see today was built in 1905 and has undergone many improvements over the years.

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

Contact info

12 Dirstein Street
Elmwood, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Pioneer Cemetery Doors Open Brockton

St. John's Lutheran Pioneer Cemetery

This cemetery was established in 1886 and is the final resting place for some of Brant Township’s and Elmwood’s earliest settlers. After the church was established on September 5, 1886, local Chris Engel donated a small portion of his farm for use as a cemetery. The cairn was installed on the 100th anniversary of the cemetery – October 12, 1986.

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104264 Grey Road 10
Elmwood , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1886
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Paul’s United Church Doors Open Brampton

St. Paul’s United Church

St. Paul's United, which has Methodist roots, is built from Credit Valley brownstone. The two towers at the front are impressive, and the interior roof is self-supporting, forming a vaulted dome. A chandelier hangs from a large plaster base at the centre of the ceiling. Beautiful stained-glass windows grace the main floor and balcony. This is Brampton’s second-oldest church.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

30 Main Street South
Brampton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-451-1405
www.stpauls.brampton.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1885
Architect: W.H. Mallory and Son
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walkerton Fire Hall Doors Open Brockton

Walkerton Fire Hall

The current Walkerton Fire Hall officially opened on June 26, 2004 and serves the Municipality of Brockton. This facility consists of volunteer firefighters who dedicate their time to provide vital fire services. They use a variety of specialized equipment, which will be on display for public view. Be sure to check out the historical fire services display inside the building.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

510 Napier Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: cwells@brockton.ca
www.brockton.ca/en/our-services/fire-services.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2004

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walkerton Heritage Water Garden Doors Open Brockton

Walkerton Heritage Water Garden

The Walkerton Heritage Water Garden is sure to take your breath away with beautiful blooms, rest areas and pathways that are marked with plaques depicting Walkerton’s proud history. The memorial fountain commemorates those who suffered during the May 2000 tainted water tragedy, and represents water as a positive healing symbol.

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  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

6 First Street
Walkerton, Ontario
Email: alishia.mallory@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 2002
Landscape: Garden, Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.