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Simcoe County

Event information

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

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Community information

The County of Simcoe is comprised of 16 municipalities. Located in central Ontario, its culture and language have been shaped by the topography of the region and the four dominant cultures – Indigenous, English, French and Métis. Georgian Bay is a beautiful water feature that both residents and visitors to the area can enjoy in every season!

This year, 11 municipalities are participating in Doors Open Simcoe County. Each one offers a unique experience with the opening of historically and architecturally significant sites. Every location tells part of the story of settlement and development of the communities in which they are found.

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Individuals interested in more information on the sites highlighted here are encouraged to contact the municipality directly. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the municipality – each one has a working group dedicated to the day and will be happy to hear from you!

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Contact info

Telephone: 705-726-9300, ext.1620
Email: culture@simcoe.ca

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8 sites found

Collingwood Town Hall Doors Open Simcoe County

Collingwood Town Hall
The town hall, with its Duntroon-sandstone arches, was built in 1891 in an era of optimism. It housed the council room, courthouse and Grand Opera House. The newest technology of the time was built into the structure, including steam heat, electricity and telephones. Renovated in the 1980s, it remains a beautiful building well worth a visit.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

97 Hurontario Street
Simcoe County, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1891
Architect: J. Wilson
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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

Crossland General Store Doors Open Simcoe County

Crossland General Store
The General Store was originally built by Henry Crossland and his wife Martha (nee Webster). It was also used as the local post office and gas station. Its prominent location encroaching onto the crossroads is typical of the many general stores that were a common feature of the rural Ontario landscape. The store was operational until 1974.

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  • Parking

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2678 Crossland Road
Simcoe County, Ontario
www.springwater.ca/community/heritage/designated_properties/crossland_general_store

Architecture

Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

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

Fort Willow Doors Open Simcoe County

Fort Willow
During the War of 1812, this fort was a supply depot that marked the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River. The Festival at Fort Willow highlights life as a British soldier in 1812 in a camp setting. Visitors can enjoy re-enactors as they demonstrate their daily tasks – which include blacksmithing, musket ball making and rope making.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

2714 Grenfel Road
Simcoe County, Ontario
http://www.springwater.ca/community/heritage/fort_willow

Architecture

Year built: 1812
Architect: British Navy
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

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

Hillsdale Jail Doors Open Simcoe County

Hillsdale Jail
The three-cell Hillsdale Jail was constructed by local builder William John Davenport in 1906 when Hillsdale was designated as a “policing village.” The building has served several purposes over the years – including as a jail, courthouse, polling station and home for transient people. According to local lore, the lockup is considered the smallest jail and courthouse currently standing in Ontario.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

4552 Penetanguishene Road
Simcoe County, Ontario
http://www.springwater.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=312&pageId=1266

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Architect: William John Davenport (builder)
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse

Dates/hours open

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

Orillia Farmers' Market Doors Open Simcoe County

Orillia Farmers' Market

The Orillia Farmers’ Market predates the establishment of Orillia as a village in 1867, and is one of the longest running in Ontario. In its early days, the market enjoyed a busy trade in hay, firewood and livestock, as well as farm-fresh produce, baked goods and handicrafts – products still available to market visitors today. Stop by for some local fare!

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

Contact info

Market Square, 36 Mississaga Street West
Simcoe County, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 7 a.m. to Noon

Orillia Public Library Doors Open Simcoe County

Orillia Public Library

Spend some time at the library and enjoy their robust programming schedule during Doors Open – including how to: code with the Codemobile, write a song, program “Hobots,” do kindergarten readiness at home, do five-minute makeup, barbecue, spin wool, repair drywall, bird watch, garden in small spaces, quilt, repair your bicycle, and more!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

36 Mississaga Street West
Simcoe County, Ontario
Telephone: 705-325-2338, ext. 211
www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Architect: Acuqicon
Building type: Green building, Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives Doors Open Simcoe County

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum and Archives
Explore one of Ontario’s last original general stores and learn about the area’s early lumbering industry. Built in 1875 by Charles Beck, this historical building hosts the stories of Penetanguishene’s cultural past. The museum offers special events and programming throughout the year as well as an active genealogical research room, varied travelling exhibits and art exhibitions.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

13 Burke Street
Simcoe County, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2150
www.penetanguishene.ca/en/Museum.asp?_mid_=23034

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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