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Brockville and Area

Event information

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ontario Heritage Trust is working with site partners to host special pop-up Doors Open Ontario events this summer in communities throughout the province.

Our first one – Doors Open Brockville and Area – features eight sites that are offering free admission and special experiences.

Stay tuned for more details on more pop-ups coming throughout the summer!

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Community information

Brockville: City of the 1000 Islands

Located in the heart of the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence Seaway, Brockville is a beautiful, historical waterfront town that attracts visitors from around the world.

In a community of 24,000 people, Brockville is a city with hometown charm. The city of Brockville has the same services and amenities that can be found in larger suburban centres, while offering the benefits of a community-oriented atmosphere. The city works hard to maintain the heritage feel found in the downtown area, while keeping up on growth and competition throughout the other parts of the city.

One of the most picturesque areas in the world, Brockville is host to countless festivals, events and fun activities for visitors to enjoy. The Brockville and 1000 Islands Tourism Office is open year-round to help you plan your stay.

Come and visit! But be warned – once you discover the charm of Brockville and succumb to the city’s hospitality, you will want to stay longer.

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Contact us

Join us for this Doors Open event on June 23. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for the day, please contact:

David Leonard, Community Programs Officer, Ontario Heritage Trust
Email: David.leonard@heritagetrust.on.ca
Telephone: 416-314-3586

Anne Shropshire, Eastern Sites Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust
Email: Anne.shropshire@heritagetrust.on.ca
Telephone: 613-498-3003

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Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site Doors Open Brockville and Area

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Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site

Located on the St. Lawrence River, the place where the “Patriot Hunters” landed is steeped in history. Built in the 1830s, the windmill became a battleground for political reformers determined to change how the government was run. Come and visit to learn more about the battle, take in the view from the lookout, or have a picnic. See you there!

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

Windmill Road
Prescott, Ontario
Telephone: 613-925-1838
Email: windmillfriends@gmail.com
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/windmill

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brockville Museum Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brockville Museum

Explore Brockville’s history of prominent manufacturers, formidable wealth, fascinating historical figures and vivacious ordinary people through the Brockville Museum’s engaging exhibitions. Learn more about Brockville’s history and the role of the museum in our community. In 2018, the special exhibit is Pieces of Brockville. Behind-the-scenes tours of the collection storage areas will be offered hourly.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

5 Henry Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-4397
Email: museum@brockville.com
www.brockvillemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1820, 1845, 1995
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brockville Railway Tunnel Doors Open Brockville and Area

Brockville Railway Tunnel
Under Brockville’s downtown core, running 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles) north and south, is the first railway tunnel built in Canada. Constructed between 1854 and 1860, it allowed the fledgling Brockville and Ottawa Railway to connect the industrial waterfront area to the outlying areas between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1 Water Street West
Brockville, Ontario
www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com

Architecture

Year built: 1854-60
Architect: De Bergue Sykes
Building type: Historical landmark, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Baptist Church Doors Open Brockville and Area

First Baptist Church

Architecturally impressive, First Baptist Church is one of the original four Protestant churches in Brockville’s Court House Square. The three massive stained-glass windows are beautiful, viewed from inside or out. During Doors Open, you can see the church’s collection of antique bibles. And you might just be lucky enough to hear the 1910 Casavant Frères 1200-pipe organ.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

5 Pine Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-342-9556

Architecture

Year built: c. 1878
Architect: James P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church Doors Open Brockville and Area

First Presbyterian Church

This congregation was founded in 1811 by the Reverend William Smart, an itinerant preacher who spread the gospel on horseback, carrying his bible in his saddlebags. This impressive stone structure has three landmark spires and beautiful stained-glass windows. Tour guides will be on hand to welcome visitors and answer questions, and an organist will demonstrate the use of the organ.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10 Church Street
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-345-5014
Email: firstkirk@ripnet.com
http://pccweb.ca/firstchurch-BROCKVILLE

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architect: James P. Johnston
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fulford Place Doors Open Brockville and Area

Fulford Place

This magnificent Edwardian mansion evokes the opulent lifestyle of Canada’s industrial and political elite in the early 1900s. Guides will be on hand throughout the house to share family history with visitors, and tours of the collections storage area will be available. Enjoy a new exhibit, Pieces of Me, which explores the interconnection of artifacts and identity.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Women's history

Contact info

287 King Street East
Brockville, Ontario
Telephone: 613-498-3003
Email: fulfordplace@heritagetrust.on.ca
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/fulfordplace

Architecture

Year built: 1899-1901
Architect: Albert W. Fuller
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Homewood Museum Doors Open Brockville and Area

Homewood Museum

One of Ontario's oldest residences, Homewood – owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust – was commissioned by Dr. Solomon Jones, a Loyalist and surgeon in the militia. Learn about early medical practice, life in the militia, farming and more, as you delve into the history of seven generations of this one family.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1372 Highway 2 (north side)
Maitland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-348-1246
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/homewood-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1799
Architect: Louis Briere
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maplehurst Manor & Carriage House Doors Open Brockville and Area

Maplehurst Manor & Carriage House

Maplehurst is a magnificent Georgian-style manor overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Completed in 1829 by George Longley, an English lord, Maplehurst has been fully renovated and is considered one of Brockville’s premier properties, offering guests a unique setting for overnight accommodations, weddings and other events. Come and visit the manor!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1258 County Road 2
Maitland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-348-1829
www.maplehurst.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Architect: George Longley
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 23, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.