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Cornwall and SDG Counties

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties!

This year during Doors Open, sites from Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Counties will once again be open free of charge to all visitors – including buildings of architectural and historical significance, heritage homes, churches, courthouses and museums – many of which are generally not open to the public.

Discover Cornwall and SDG’s hidden heritage treasures!

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Community information

Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry take pride in being able to combine small-town warmth and hospitality with big-city facilities and services.

Take the time to explore our attractions and enjoy a great selection of eclectic shops and wonderful restaurants. To find out more about where to eat, stay, visit and shop in our spectacular communities, visit Cornwall Tourism and SDG Tourism and check out the Cornwall and SDG visitor guides.

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Contact info

Telephone: 613-932-1515, ext. 227
Email: tourism@sdgcounties.ca

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19 sites found

Auberge Chesley’s Inn Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

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Auberge Chesley’s Inn

Ontario’s oldest inn was built in c. 1814 by Alsaints Chesley, one of three brothers from New York who fought on the revolutionary side during the American War of Independence. Chesley brought his family to Cornwall in 1800, and fought for the British during the War of 1812. Current owner Robert Prowse has lovingly restored the inn.

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40 First Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-936-1111
www.chesleysinn.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1814
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aultsville Theatre Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Aultsville Theatre

Built in 1976, the Aultsville Theatre is a 680-seat non-profit professional theatre that hosts a variety of events annually. Come and experience theatre life on the other side of the curtain. Take a backstage tour and see where the performers prepare themselves. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical lighting, rigging and operations that bring productions and performances to life.

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

Contact info

2 St. Lawrence Drive
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-1661
www.aultsvilletheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Building type: Attraction, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aultsville Train Station Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Aultsville Train Station

The Aultsville Train Station is a 19th-century wooden station, originally located in the Lost Village of Aultsville. View an early locomotive, passenger coach, baggage car and refrigeration car on one of the few remaining sections of the original Grand Trunk rail bed. Also see the British Home Child exhibit about children who were sent to Canada as indentured labourers.

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

Contact info

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, Ontario
Telephone: 613-543-3704
http://lostvillages.ca/history/the-lost-villages/aultsville

Architecture

Year built: 1866-89
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bethune-Thompson House Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Bethune-Thompson House

This home encompasses the original 1784 "poteaux sur sol" (vertical-log) cabin of Loyalist Peter Ferguson, as well as the 1804 house of Reverend John Bethune, Upper Canada’s first Presbyterian minister, and David Thompson, one of Canada’s earliest map-makers. The Ontario Heritage Trust acquired it in 1977, restoring it in the 1980s. It is the oldest residence owned by the Trust.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

19730 John Street
Williamstown, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/bethune-thompson-house

Architecture

Year built: 1784

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Cornwall Community Museum Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Cornwall Community Museum

This museum’s stone building was constructed in 1840 by the Wood family, United Empire Loyalists and one of Cornwall’s founding families. Three generations of the Wood family lived here until 1952 when Walter Wood, a bachelor, died. Several years later, it became a historical museum for Cornwall and SDG. In 2000, it was relocated to Cornwall’s beautiful, waterfront Lamoureux Park.

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160 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-936-0280
https://cornwallcommunitymuseum.wordpress.com/

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cornwall Public Library Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Cornwall Public Library

This former post office was retrofitted in 1997 and reopened as the Cornwall Public Library. The Cornwall Room – a special collection of books, archival papers and photographs of local historical interest – is operated in partnership with local history and genealogy agencies and volunteers. Stop by the first-floor information desk to grab a pamphlet and begin your tour of the library!

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available

Contact info

45 Second Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-932-4796
http://library.cornwall.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former Bank of Montreal Building Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Former Bank of Montreal Building

This downtown landmark building served as a bank for generations before closing recently. It is now slated to become Cornwall’s new Centre for the Arts Collective. Stop in to admire the architectural beauty of this facility through a building tour and learn about its future plans.

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159 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-330-3117
www.facebook.com/centrefortheartscentrepourlesarts

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic SDG Jail Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Historic SDG Jail

This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern-day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The jail is home to many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

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

Contact info

11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 844-814-5245
www.historicsdgjail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lost Villages Museum Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Lost Villages Museum

This museum has a collection of 11 historical heritage buildings from six villages that were lost in 1958 when the area was flooded to construct the St. Lawrence Seaway. During Doors Open, step back in time and visit the church, train station, barbershop, schoolhouse, blacksmith’s shop, Forbes Memorial Building Reading Room and other structures.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

16361 Fran Laflamme Drive
Long Sault, Ontario
www.lostvillages.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m. (guided tour at 1 p.m. both days)

Martintown Grist Mill Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Martintown Grist Mill

This mill along the banks of the Raisin River is a rare surviving example of a mid-19th century gristmill. It is also noteworthy for its early turbine-style technology that used horizontal waterwheels powered by a water course running through the building. The mill has a local history museum and hosts a farmers’ market and local artist exhibit in the summer.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

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18544 Dundas Street
Martintown, Ontario
www.martintownmill.org

Architecture

Year built: 1846

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NAV Centre Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

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NAV Centre

The NAV Centre, eastern Ontario’s largest conference and meeting centre, sits on a 28-hectare (70-acre) parcel of land along the St. Lawrence. It features 70 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, an indoor pool and fitness centre, a spa, restaurant and pub, and over 500 guest rooms. During Doors Open, join a guided tour for a behind-the-scenes look inside. More details to follow!

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

Contact info

1950 Montreal Road
Cornwall, Ontario
https://navcentre.ca

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TBC (space is limited; email amalyon@cornwall.ca to reserve)

Port Theatre, The Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Port Theatre, The

The iconic Port Theatre stands in Cornwall’s Le Village district. After it opened in 1941, the Standard-Freeholder called it “one of the finest theatres in the province,” costing $75,000 at the time of construction. Boasting an impressive marquee, it still stands strong. During Doors Open, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour and a screening of a 45-minute documentary on the theatre’s history.

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132 Montreal Road
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-933-4547
https://theporttheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1941
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday only: one tour only (10 a.m. to Noon); please arrive 10 minutes early; space is limited

Priests Mill Arts Centre Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Priests Mill Arts Centre

This gristmill, built in1848 as the centre of commerce in Glengarry, currently houses the Priests Mill Arts Centre (PMAC). PMAC provides exhibition space as well as support and promotion for visual, literary and performing arts by regional artists. It is also a centre of glass art excellence that offers glass learning experiences.

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

Contact info

16 Mill Square
Alexandria, Ontario
Telephone: 613-703-9430
www.facebook.com/PriestsMillArtsCentre

Architecture

Architect: Father Alexander MacDonell
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre

The 1,208-square-metre (13,000-square-foot) Ontario Power Generation (OPG) visitor centre, which opened in 2010 and was built to LEED standards, offers visitors an interactive and educational experience. Learn about the St. Lawrence Seaway, the power project and its impact on surrounding communities, electricity generation at OPG, and the American eel.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Architecture

Year built: 2010
Architect: Thompson Rosemount Group
Building type: Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sir John Johnson Manor House Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Sir John Johnson Manor House

Sir John Johnson (a prominent colonial military leader and administrator) founded Williamstown in 1784 after the American Revolution. He built this house – one of the oldest west of Quebec – as well as a gristmill and sawmill. Johnson helped settle disbanded Loyalist soldiers and their families. During Doors Open, the Glengarry Archives will also be open (call ahead with research requests).

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

Contact info

19692 William Street
Williamstown, Ontario
Telephone: 613-347-2356
Email: sirjohnjohnsonmanorhouse@bellnet.ca

Architecture

Year built: Begun in 1784
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Springfield Farm Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Springfield Farm

Springfield Farm is a privately owned family farm. The Loyalist architecture of the residence encompasses two building periods – from the original stone back structure to the extended two-storey stone home. The home has been recently restored to highlight the original walls, a traditional wood cook stove and large Victorian-style front veranda. Surrounding the historical home are three century barns.

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  • Parking

Contact info

18709 County Road 25
Apple Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-844-0877

Architecture

Year built: 1820s
Building type: Food and drink, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 3:30 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

A small, cruciform, arts and crafts-style building complete with belfry and three bells, this church is an architectural gem. It was built on the McLennan Estate in 1898. Located on the South Service Road and surrounded by Glengarry Provincial Park and Lancaster Park, it is commonly known as "The Church in the Wildwood."

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

Contact info

20788 South Service Road
Lancaster, Ontario
Telephone: 613-347-3804
www.saintlawrenceparish.org

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Architect: John William Hurrell Watts
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

Sunday August 18, 2019
Sunday only: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trinity Anglican Church (Bishop Strachan Memorial) Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Trinity Anglican Church (Bishop Strachan Memorial)

A church has been on this site since 1784, when Loyalists first settled here. The current church dates to 1876, dedicated to Bishop John Strachan. Built in the Gothic style, the building features marble floors, stained-glass windows, a Casavant organ, and plaques and memorials to early Cornwall citizens. Outside, the churchyard features graves dating back to the late 1700s.

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105 Second Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Telephone: 613-933-3991, ext. 23
www.saintlawrenceparish.org/trinity-church

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday August 17, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.