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Lambton County

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2019 Doors Open Lambton County event will explore a series of sites located throughout the county that showcase the innovation and influence of the oil industry. The event will include various stops and activities in the communities of Wyoming, Oil Springs, Petrolia and Sarnia.

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Community information

Located in southwestern Ontario and home to over 128,000 residents, Sarnia-Lambton continues to grow – it remains a leader in the research, development and product commercialization for the petrochemical and refining industries.

The community’s existing infrastructure and location on the Canada-United States border with close proximity to the metropolitan areas of Detroit and Toronto make Sarnia-Lambton an ideal destination for business. This allows for diversification into other sectors, including alternative energy technologies, industrial bioproducts and value-added agricultural products.

Encompassing roughly 3,000 square kilometres (1,158 square miles), Lambton County is further broken down into three First Nations Communities and 11 local municipalities, ranging from the urban landscape of the City of Sarnia to rural centres such as Petrolia, Forest, Alvinston and Watford.

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Become a volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering at a site for Doors Open Lambton County 2019, please email the organizing committee at doorsopen@county-lambton.on.ca.

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Baines Machine and Repair Works Doors Open Lambton County

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Baines Machine and Repair Works

The Baines Machine Shop has changed little since it opened 1914 – and is one of the few remaining machine shops that uses methods and machinery of the era. There are huge lathes and milling machines driven by flat belts overhead. And old oil well parts and equipment are still worked in the same way as during the oil boom days.

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4162 James Street
Petrolia, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Corey Room at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Doors Open Lambton County

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Corey Room at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital
Jacob Englehart built Glenview mansion as a wedding gift to his wife Eleanor in 1891. After her death, Englehart bequeathed the estate to the town to be used as a hospital, which opened in 1911. Come and view the Corey Room, which was used as Englehart's study and library.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

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450 Blanche Street
Petrolia, Ontario
Telephone: 519-882-2350

Architecture

Year built: 1891
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Healthcare facility, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fairbank Oil Fields Doors Open Lambton County

Fairbank Oil Fields

There’s plenty to see at this National Historic Site, where oil is still pumped using authentic 1860s technology. At the museum, hop on the free horse-drawn wagon for a unique tour into Fairbank Oil or, take the Driving Tour to see the metal sculptures of oil pioneers at work. Don’t miss the site of Canada’s first gusher (in 1862)!

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  • Parking
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

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Board the horse and wagon tour at 2423 Kelly Road (Oil Museum of Canada)
Oil Springs, Ontario
www.fairbankoil.com

Architecture

Year built: 1861

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lambton County Archives Doors Open Lambton County

Lambton County Archives

The Lambton County Archives supports local genealogical and history research. Explore rare documents and photographs from the collection’s storage vault that are related to Lambton’s oil industry. Meet with staff to tour the vault and learn about the history of oil innovation in Lambton County through important artifacts.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

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787 Broadway Street
Wyoming, Ontario
Telephone: 519-845-5426
www.lambtonarchives.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1991

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nemo Hall Doors Open Lambton County

Nemo Hall

Nemo Hall was built by John J. Kerr, a prominent builder, lumber mill owner and oil man. The home is an excellent example of the Second Empire style, and the only remaining building of this architectural type in Petrolia. The original property was three acres and included the house, a coach house, an orchard, exotic gardens and five oil wells.

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419 King Street
Petrolia, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1878
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oil Museum of Canada National Historic Site Doors Open Lambton County

Oil Museum of Canada National Historic Site

The Oil Museum of Canada, in the Village of Oil Springs, preserves the site of the first commercial oil well in North America. Learn the story of Canada’s oil pioneers – a unique and captivating era of our shared history! The 4-hectare (10-acre) site features four historical buildings with reconstructed spring-pole and three-pole derricks dominating the property.

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

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2423 Kelly Road
Oil Springs, Ontario
Telephone: 519-834-2840
www.lambtonmuseums.ca/oil

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Architect: Ian Rutherford, Forbes & Rutherford Architects, Sarnia
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Petrolia Discovery, The Doors Open Lambton County

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Petrolia Discovery, The

Built in 1903, the Fitzgerald Rig is still the largest pumping rig in the world. It has been operating continuously for nearly a century. Initially, it was powered by steam. Later, it used an internal combustion engine – and, finally, an electric motor. The rig takes its name from the man who erected it – Frederick Ardell Fitzgerald – Imperial Oil’s first president.

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4281 Discovery Line
Petrolia, Ontario
www.petroliadiscovery.com

Architecture

Year built: 1903

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Robert M. Nicol Library Doors Open Lambton County

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Robert M. Nicol Library

This is one of the most superb examples of early railway architecture in Ontario, constructed in the Queen Anne style. The depot – the community’s second station – was constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway to replace the 1860s one. While it closed as a railway station in 1927, it reopened as the community’s first official library in 1937.

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4020 Petrolia Line
Petrolia, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway
Architectural style: Queen Anne
Building type: Library, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria Hall Doors Open Aurora

Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, originally built for the local Disciples of Christ Congregation, became the Aurora Public School in 1922 and then, from 1945 to 1963, it served as Aurora's public library. More recently, the hall has been used as a rental space. During Doors Open, Victoria Hall will feature artists from the 2018 Aurora Artists Studio Tour.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

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27 Mosley Street
Aurora, Ontario
Telephone: 905-727-1447
Email: deborah.campoart@sympatico.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1883
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

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