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Dutton Dunwich

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Heritage Committee for the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich welcomes all to tour the area, rich in history.

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Community information

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is located off Highway 401, north of Lake Erie between Chatham and London.

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Become a volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Doors Open Dutton Dunwich, contact the municipality at 519-762-2204 or planning@duttondunwich.on.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-762-2204
Email: planning@duttondunwich.on.ca
Website: www.duttondunwich.on.ca

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10 sites found

Backus-Page House Museum Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Backus-Page House Museum

This museum, operated by the Tyrconnell Heritage Society, is situated in picturesque John E. Pearce Provincial Park on Lake Erie’s shores. Enjoy the Mary Storey Wetlands Trail, Spicer Trail, heritage gardens, historical barn, outbuildings and the 1850s house museum with period rooms that tell the story of the Backus and Page families, and changing exhibits that showcase local rural communities.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-3072
Email: info@backuspagehouse.ca
http://backuspagehouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1850
Architect: Robert Morris
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Garden, Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crinan Community Centre Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Crinan Community Centre

During its early years, this former schoolhouse also served as a Sunday school. Known for hosting popular events (like picnics, concerts and holiday celebrations), the building was purchased by the Crinan Women’s Institute in 1965. Since then, it has served as a community centre. The chalkboards and original floor grate remind visitors of the building’s original purpose.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms

Contact info

13568 Dunborough Line
Dutton Dunwich, Ontario
www.crinancommunity.com

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Duff Presbyterian Church, Largie Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Duff Presbyterian Church, Largie

This church’s original congregation was composed of Scottish immigrants. Updates were made to the building over the years. In 1902, an organ was added. The basement was remodelled in 1947. And the sanctuary was redecorated in 1955 to commemorate the centenary of the site’s first Duff Church. The adjacent cemetery contains the remains of early members of the congregation.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms

Contact info

13125 Largie Road
Dutton Dunwich, Ontario
http://pccweb.ca/duffchurch

Architecture

Year built: 1895
Architect: M.L. Buffy
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Iona Hall Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Iona Hall

This one-storey wooden structure – which encapsulates a number of classical revival features – is one of the last examples of this style built locally. Historically, the building was home to the Freewill Baptist Church and, later, the Church of Christ Disciples. The Women’s Institute held meetings here and, in 1913, the building became a community hall, which purpose it still serves.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

8851 Iona Road
Iona, Ontario
Telephone: 519-764-2384
Email: laurence.grant@start.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Architect: Coates Keillor and John Lumley
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lucas House Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Lucas House

This two-storey dwelling was constructed of granite and limestone boulders and dressed stone –materials that are unique to the area (the predominant building materials locally used during this time were clay brick). Lucas House is distinguished by paired window openings with a central pointed-arch window, paired cornice brackets and fieldstone construction. The Lucas family owned the farm for 85 years.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms

Contact info

29480 Fingal Line
Wallacetown, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1883-84
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Italianate
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lumley & Company General Store Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Lumley & Company General Store

This two-storey building was constructed as a general store in 1888 for James Owen and Mary Lumley. Over the years, it has served many purposes – from telephone switchboard and gas station to post office and antique store. Note the rounded Italianate windows and arched doorways of the main-floor entrance to the apartment upstairs (which will also be open).

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

8979 County Road 14
Iona, Ontario
Telephone: 519-764-2384
Email: laurence.grant@start.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorial Hall Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Memorial Hall

A town hall was built here in 1897 and was only partly dismantled when the present hall was built in c. 1923. Designed by architect John Findlay (1887-1947), who also designed the Dutton High School (presently Dutton-Dunwich Public School), the hall has an auditorium and a stage. The first floor is home to the Dutton Dunwich Municipal office.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms

Contact info

199 Currie Road
Dutton Dunwich, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-2204
Email: planning@duttondunwich.on.ca
www.duttondunwich.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1897; 1923
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sifton Homestead Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Sifton Homestead

The Siftons had two daughters and a son (who was killed during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917). The family moved into Dutton shortly after their son’s death. The farm was sold to N. Welch, who turned it into an apple orchard. It has since been known locally as Welch's Orchard. Original elements of the house have been preserved.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms

Contact info

29346 Talbot Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-630-7509
Email: patonscanlan@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tyrconnell Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tyrconnell

St. Peter’s, erected by the first settlers of Tyrconnell in 1827, is one of the oldest churches in southwestern Ontario. Come and explore the church’s architectural highlights both inside and out. The nearby cemetery contains many of the area’s early pioneers and their descendants – including Colonel Thomas Talbot, the land speculator responsible for settling newcomers throughout southwestern Ontario.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
www.stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

St. Stephen's Anglican Church is located in Burwell’s Corners, named for Colonel Mahlon Burwell (one of Talbot’s surveyors). Through the sale of land, Burwell provided money to build this church in 1871-72. In 1927, money was collected for a Perpetual Care Fund for the nearby cemetery, located just east of the church. Burwell and his wife are buried here.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Just west of the intersection of Fingal Line and Iona Road
Fingal, Ontario
http://stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org/ststeph.htm

Architecture

Year built: 1871
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 20, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.