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Clarington

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Clarington, a largely rural municipality, offers many things to see, do and explore!

Each year, Doors Open Clarington advocates for heritage sites, featuring repurposed buildings where you can discover the past while exploring the present.

This year, join us for a diverse experience that features Newtonville and Port Granby. Hidden among the far southeastern region of Clarington, both communities have survived historical struggles and adapted as time and circumstance have dictated, resulting in communities that are strong in tradition while also moving forward with the times.

Come and “Unlock your history and more in Clarington!”

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British American Station (Stapleton Auction Centre) Doors Open Clarington

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British American Station (Stapleton Auction Centre)

This building is a vintage 1950s British American (B/A) service station – recognizable by the B/A sign out front. The building replaced the Burley garage from the early 1900s. This is one of the finest examples of an art deco-style B/A garage in Ontario. The Stapleton Auction Centre since 1980, the building is also often used in movie shoots.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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4532 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario
http://stapletonauctions.com

Architecture

Year built: 1950s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grist Mill Auctions Doors Open Clarington

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Grist Mill Auctions

In the early 1900s, this building was local businessman George Hancock's blacksmith shop. The building suffered two fires (1943 and 1948), but was rebuilt. Then it was a feed mill for a time. It has been flourishing since 1980 as part of the Stapleton Auction house. It also features a rare 1930s Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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9 Newtonville Mill Street
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1900s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hilltop Farm Doors Open Clarington

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Hilltop Farm

Hilltop Farm has been in the Elliott family since the earliest days of English settlers in Port Granby (circa 1834). The house and barn were built prior to 1860, which was the heyday of the port. The local sawmill cut softwoods to build the framing, floors and clapboard exterior, and the home builders dug the well by hand.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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4652 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lakeview Cemetery Doors Open Clarington

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Lakeview Cemetery

Locally maintained, this cemetery is beautiful and worth visiting, if for nothing more than its splendid lake view. The west property extension, purchased in 1952, allowed for new generations to join their ancestors in choosing this as their final resting place. The columbarium is unusually placed at the top of a hill, with stones dating back to the mid-1800s.

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

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4449 Hill Street
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Love Hotel, The Doors Open Clarington

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Love Hotel, The

A Belleville-to-York stagecoach stop, The Love Hotel was constructed in 1856. New and old are beautifully blended in this building, which features original push-button lighting, large baseboards and pine floors. The master bedroom was previously the travellers’ parlour. Learn what split lathe construction is and see a repurposed use of the original ceiling planks.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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4510 Durham Regional Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March Cottage, The Doors Open Clarington

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March Cottage, The

The original cottage is assumed to date back to 1850, when records show that a mortgage of £50 was taken out by Mr. March. The book Heritage Homes of Clark Township describes the original moulding on the front door. A full basement and a kitchen extension were added in the 1970s and a great room was added in the 1980s.

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4665 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1850
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville Cenotaph Doors Open Clarington

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Newtonville Cenotaph

This granite obelisk was constructed in 1902 and dedicated to the memory of Captain P.K. Milligan. In April 1943, a collision damaged the monument. The original stone base was replaced with cement and was re-erected in Memorial Garden. In 1980, it was restored and is now maintained by Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the municipality.

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

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4498 Durham Regional Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1902
Building type: Historical landmark, Military

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville Hall Doors Open Clarington

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Newtonville Hall

This hall was built in 1954 as the Royal Templars Lodge – one of many temperance societies popular at the time. The monthly meetings of this social organization included plays, songs, readings and music. The building was restored in 1979 as the local community hall. Historical photographs of the village will be on display. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

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21 Church Lane
Newtonville, Ontario
Email: newtonvillehall@hotmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville School House SS No. 4 Doors Open Clarington

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Newtonville School House SS No. 4

The area’s first school house, from the 1840s, closed in the 1850s. According to the township minutes, it was moved because it was an obstruction and nuisance where it stood. At that time, it was moved to its current location and was later used as a harness and shoe repair shop by local businessman George Hancock.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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4526 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1840s
Building type: Private residence, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newtonville Village Tour Doors Open Clarington

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Newtonville Village Tour

Villages of yesteryear were both diverse and self-sufficient. The pioneers who settled here in Newtonville were tenacious folks. Hear some of the local history and stories of this unique community while enjoying a horse-drawn wagon tour around the village. Find out about a tragic plane crash, interesting passers-through and the people who helped shape village life.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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Meet at the intersection of Newtonville Road and Durham Regional Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours run all day, leaving on the hour)

Old March Hotel, The Doors Open Clarington

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Old March Hotel, The

The Old March Hotel originally housed a bar room, two sitting rooms and four bedrooms, and the grounds featured a six-horse stable and large driving shed. Early settler George Elliot purchased the property and later sold it to David March, who built the hotel. It has since been converted to a private residence. Food will be available for purchase.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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4659 Lakeshore Road
Port Granby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1857
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Port Granby Legacy Waste Management Facility Doors Open Clarington

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Port Granby Legacy Waste Management Facility

This site is a remnant of Canada’s nuclear past. Through the Port Granby Project, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is safely transporting 450,000 cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste away from the Lake Ontario shoreline for long-term storage in a newly engineered facility. The waste was deposited at the legacy site between 1955 and 1988 by former Crown corporation Eldorado Nuclear Limited.

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

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Intersection of Lakeshore Road and Nichols Road
Clarington, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last entry at 2:30 p.m.)

Skelding’s Texaco Gas Station Doors Open Clarington

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Skelding’s Texaco Gas Station

Established 1956, this gas station was open for 44 years. Then, the town slowly lost its bustle. Even though the station closed, the pumps stand as monuments to earlier times. The Skelding family have been well-known in the area since the early 1800s. The station still houses a local business, and the property is home to the original owners.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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26 Church Lane
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stapleton Home Doors Open Clarington

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Stapleton Home

Local businessman George Hancock (1845-1919) owned this home circa 1869 and ran a harness business here. The brick on the original building was supposedly reused from a Newcastle fire. More recently, the home has been enjoyed by several generations of the Stapleton family. The current owners moved in and have completely renovated the interior to create this uniquely beautiful home.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

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4526 Highway 2
Newtonville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1845
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 9, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.