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Northumberland County

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, June 1 to 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Northumberland allows you to explore the stories behind our community's unique buildings and sites. This free, family-friendly event showcases Northumberland's heritage, architecture and innovation with interactive experiences and tours of over 25 of our most fascinating cultural spaces.

Participating venues are located across Northumberland County – from Port Hope to Brighton to Campbellford. With so many amazing places to explore, be prepared to hit the road to experience all of the county's natural charm.

Make it a Doors Open daytrip or extend your stay for the weekend to make sure you have time to see it all!

Note: Tour buses are advised to contact sites in advance.

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Community information

Doors Open provides the perfect opportunity to discover what Northumberland County has to offer! While you're here, enjoy delicious award-winning eateries and accommodations, browse unique shops, or take in our beaches and great outdoor adventures.

Getting here is easy. While we’re located just an hour’s drive east of Toronto, you may be reluctant to leave ...

For more information, visit our website.

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open Northumberland County is hosted by a committee of volunteers from all seven municipalities in Northumberland County, with the support of the Northumberland County Archives.

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, contact us at archives@northumberlandcounty.ca.

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28 sites found

Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth Doors Open Northumberland County

Arts and Heritage Centre of Warkworth

In a transformed Trent Hills municipal heritage building, the Ah! Centre encourages a passion for the arts. For Doors Open, renowned local sculptor and architect Blandford Gates will be onsite to introduce his latest featured exhibit, Cats. Gates' clever reinvention of salvaged metal parts into whimsical and imaginative art objects will be sure to get the conversation started.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

35 Church Street
Warkworth, Ontario
Telephone: 705-925-4450
Email: info@ahcentre.ca
https://ahcentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1922
Architect: W.H. Barry (Peterborough)
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barnum House Doors Open Northumberland County

Barnum House

Eliakim Barnum emigrated from the United States in 1807. He built this house in 1819; generations of the family lived here until 1917. Enjoy a tour of this magnificent home, one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Ontario – faithfully restored by the Ontario Heritage Trust to how it would have been in the 1820-40 period.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

10568 County Road 2
Grafton, Ontario
www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/barnum-house

Architecture

Year built: 1819
Architect: Eliakim Barnum
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brighton Public Library Doors Open Northumberland County

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Brighton Public Library

The Brighton Public Library opened their vibrant, expanded library space in October 2018 after major renovations to the municipal office and library. The library is bright and accessible with many modern features, including comfortable sitting spaces and lots of computers. During Doors Open, come and explore this welcoming destination that educates, excites and empowers the Brighton community.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

35 Alice Street
Brighton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-475-2511
Email: brightonceo@brighton.library.on.ca
www.brighton.library.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1982
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Centre

Constructed for the Township of Seymour, this was the first public building in the area. Over time, it has functioned as a council chamber, courtroom, church, school, jail and more. Since 1988, it has housed the Campbellford-Seymour Heritage Society. Discover local artifacts and explore the newly renovated barn and miniature railroad that recreates the Belleville-Peterborough line from the 1920s.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

113 Front Street North
Campbellford, Ontario
Telephone: 705-653-2634
www.csheritage.org

Architecture

Year built: 1857
Architect: John Langman
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.

Canning Factory Doors Open Northumberland County

Canning Factory

This cannery opened around 1904 close to a new rail line. Operations ceased around 1955; the factory became derelict over the next 60 years. A remarkable renovation has blended the original with the modern to create a showroom for Vincent Sheppard's line of indoor and outdoor furniture. A returning Doors Open favourite, this distinctive building was created by visionary owners.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

130 Canning Factory Road
Grafton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1904
Building type: Commercial, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Church-Key Brewing Company Doors Open Northumberland County

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Church-Key Brewing Company

Tour this unique craft brewery housed in a former Methodist church at Pethericks Corners. Built in 1878 and formerly part of a four-point Methodist charge, the church ceased operations in the late 1990s; it has housed the Church-Key Brewing Company since 1999. The brewery takes pride in using local ingredients and suppliers, whenever possible, to create their authentic ales.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1678 County Road 38
Campbellford , Ontario
Telephone: 705-653-9433
www.churchkeybrewing.com

Architecture

Year built: 1878
Building type: Attraction, Cemetery, Commercial, Food and drink
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dortwood Observatory Doors Open Northumberland County

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Dortwood Observatory

Come and have some fun with the sun at the Dortwood Observatory – where you can enjoy a solar experience and see Earth’s “star” (the sun) in all its glory. There will be several solar-filtered telescopes and binoculars for safe viewing. Astronomy books and videos await in the visitors' centre. Don’t miss the chance to learn with fellow space enthusiasts!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

3218 Burnham Street North
Cobourg, Ontario
Telephone: 905-376-8415
www.facebook.com/DortwoodObservatory

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Golden Rail Pub, Legion Village Doors Open Northumberland County

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Golden Rail Pub, Legion Village

The Golden Rail Pub at Branch 133, Legion Village features a historical mural of 59 Cobourg buildings, people, groups and landmarks. During Doors Open, you will have an opportunity to meet the artist, Allan Bender of Blinc Studios, who will be on site to discuss the process and significance of his work.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

111 Hibernia Street
Cobourg, Ontario
Telephone: 905-372-8705

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Maple Event Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

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Grand Maple Event Centre

In 2018, the former St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was fully renovated to become an event centre. Erected in 1858, fire destroyed the church in 1897; it was rebuilt the following year. A recent example of adaptive reuse, this building is now fully accessible with all facilities upgraded. Its present décor respects the charm of the past with contemporary style.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

19 Albert Street East
Hastings, Ontario
Telephone: 705-632-6709
www.facebook.com/pages/category/Performance---Event-Venue/Grand-Maple-377155406399783

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hilton Hall Heritage Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

Hilton Hall Heritage Centre

The Hilton Hall Heritage Centre is a designated site in the village of Hilton. This lovely stone structure was built in 1860 as the Brighton Township meeting hall and currently operates as the local heritage centre. During Doors Open, Brighton Digital Archives and local historian Dan Buchanan will engage guests with local history displays and lively conversation.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

50 Chatten Road
Brighton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-439-8992
www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Hilton-Hall-Heritage-Centre-494493324009654

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historical Port Hope Wagon Ride Doors Open Northumberland County

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Historical Port Hope Wagon Ride

Travel the streets of historical Port Hope in a horse-drawn wagon for free – courtesy of the Municipality of Port Hope. Rides are available approximately every 10 to 15 minutes from the pickup location at Queenie’s Bake Shop, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The route will travel along Walton Street, Ontario Street, Thompson Drive and Mill Street.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 16 Walton Street
Port Hope, Ontario
Telephone: 705-932-5999
Email: lunnscommercialhorses@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/Lunns-Horse-and-Carriage-Services-160604707475108

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Honey For You Farm Doors Open Northumberland County

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Honey For You Farm

Visit the Skoda family at the Honey For You Farm. The Skodas came to Canada from eastern Ukraine in 2002 and settled at Codrington in 2005. Learn about their lives as beekeepers and browse their many wonderful honey-based health and beauty products sold onsite at The Honey House as well as at the Codrington Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Dan Buchanan)

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

331 Old Wooler Road
Codrington, Ontario
Telephone: 613-475-5559
www.facebook.com/HoneyForYouFarm

Architecture

Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Legacy Vintage Building Materials & Antiques Doors Open Northumberland County

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Legacy Vintage Building Materials & Antiques

Legacy Vintage offers reclaimed architectural artifacts from many eras, all housed in a historical railway freight shed. The shed was conceived in 1890, built in 1903, retired in 1970, spared from demolition in 1996, repurposed and nursed for 20 years by Legacy, and finally sold to them in 2018. Ignite your creativity as you browse the aisles of the past!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

540 Division Street
Cobourg, Ontario
Telephone: 905-373-0796
https://legacyvintage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: Canadian Pacific Railway
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Little Station, The Doors Open Northumberland County

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Little Station, The

Believed to be the first whistle stop station built for the Grand Trunk Railway in Port Hope in the mid-1850s, the Little Station House was moved from the harbour to Lent Lane in 2018. It is now a community art hub operated by Critical Mass Art, a Port Hope not-for-profit contemporary arts organization.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

15 Elias Street
Port Hope, Ontario
Email: info@criticalmassart.com

Architecture

Year built: mid-1850s
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mill at Piper Creek Doors Open Northumberland County

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Mill at Piper Creek

Get a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing restorations at the historical Mill at Piper Creek supported by the community and spearheaded by the Mill at Piper Creek not-for-profit organization. Explore the beautiful interior of this 180-year-old mill and view numerous pieces of original mill equipment. High tea and live music will be offered during Doors Open!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1742 Percy Street
Castleton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-344-7119
www.themillatpipercreek.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1940
Architect: Joseph Keeler II and Joseph Keeler III
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

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Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre

The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre is a 1,400-square-metre (15,000-square-foot) facility that is dedicated to working with farmers and food entrepreneurs to support and advance a sustainable, regional local-food economy. During Doors Open, tour this state-of-the-art facility, complete with a commercial kitchen and development lab, where members of staff help entrepreneurs prepare their favourite local specialty food products for market!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

216 Purdy Road
Colborne, Ontario
Telephone: 905-355-3680
Email: oafvc@northumberlandcounty.ca
www.oafvc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ontario Town Crier Championship Doors Open Northumberland County

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Ontario Town Crier Championship

Witness the Ontario Guild of Town Criers' provincial competition where town criers from across Ontario compete for first place and the award of Best Ambassador. The first and second cries take place at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at 110 Albert Street in Cobourg. The third and final cry takes place at 2 p.m. at the Grafton Inn in Grafton.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Starts at 110 Albert Street
Cobourg, Ontario
Email: cobourgtowncrier@gmail.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 9 to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to Noon, 2 to 3 p.m.

Port Hope Archives Doors Open Northumberland County

Port Hope Archives

The Port Hope Archives has been operating for 25 years as the repository for archival material and municipal records, including those from the original Town of Port Hope and Hope Township. They have photographs, archival material and some artifacts in the permanent collection. Enjoy a guided tour the stacks and get an inside look at how the archives works.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

17 Mill Street North
Port Hope, Ontario
Telephone: 905-885-1673
www.porthopearchives.com

Architecture

Year built: 1871
Architect: Kivas Tully
Building type: Attraction, Library, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Port Hope First Baptist Church Doors Open Northumberland County

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Port Hope First Baptist Church

Tour a fine example of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture in Port Hope. The First Baptist Church has been serving the community since 1855. Its present building was constructed in 1867 and is still in use for weekly services and other activities.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

59 John Street
Port Hope , Ontario
Telephone: 905-885-6021
www.firstbaptistporthope.com

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: Langley and Burke
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 12:30 to 4 p.m. (Sunday service at 11 a.m.; all are welcome to attend)

Port Hope Town Hall Doors Open Northumberland County

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Port Hope Town Hall

Designed in the Victorian era, this building also has Greek revival and Italianate details. Completed in 1853 at three times the original estimated cost, then reconstructed in 1894 after a devastating fire, it was the hub of social and political activity in Port Hope throughout the 19th century. It still functions as Port Hope’s municipal office today.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

56 Queen Street
Port Hope, Ontario
Telephone: 905-885-4544

Architecture

Year built: 1851-53
Architect: Merwin Austin
Architectural style: Italianate, Neoclassical, Victorian
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proctor House Museum Doors Open Northumberland County

Proctor House Museum

Once a modest brick saltbox home erected in the 1850s by the Proctors – one of the first families to settle in the village of Brighton – this building had become a grand Victorian mansion by 1867. Knowledgeable volunteers provide interesting tours throughout the home. Situated on 100 acres of parkland, visitors may also walk through the beautiful surrounding conservation area.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

96 Young Street
Brighton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-475-2144
Email: info@proctorhousemuseum.ca
www.proctorhousemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1853
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Historical house, Museum
Landscape: Conservation area

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schoolhouse Gardens Doors Open Northumberland County

Schoolhouse Gardens

The owners of the Schoolhouse Gardens welcome you to tour their award-winning gardens. Over one hectare (four acres) of land is dedicated to almost 400 varieties of peonies as well as hostas, daylilies, rare species and herbs. This beauty is grown amid a charmingly converted one-room schoolhouse. Historical photos and artifacts from the Percy SS #6 will be on display.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

404 Concession Road 3 West
Warkworth, Ontario
Telephone: 705-924-3255
Email: ssnumber6percy@gmail.com
https://warkworth.ca/schoolhouse-gardens

Architecture

Year built: 1847
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre Doors Open Northumberland County

Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre

The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre opened in 2012 in two buildings: a restored 1820s limestone building that was once part of a brewery and an 1870s workman's cottage moved from a nearby estate. Each year, an aspect of the area’s history is celebrated. 2019's exhibit features the Cobourg Museum Foundation's artifact collection, showcasing a selection of furniture with significant local connections.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

141 Orr Street
Cobourg, Ontario
Telephone: 905-373-7222
www.cobourgmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1820
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

St. George's Anglican Church Doors Open Northumberland County

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St. George's Anglican Church

2019 marks the 175th anniversary of St. George's Anglican Church in Grafton. Although the 1844 wooden structure was destroyed by fire in 1908, the current brick church was opened just 10 months later. Designed by Grant Helliwell, the "church with the red roof" features a bell tower with battlements and Gothic-style buttresses and windows.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10792 County 2 Road
Grafton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-355-1643
www.stgeorgesgrafton.org

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: Grant Helliwell
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. (Decoration Day service at 10 a.m. Sunday; all are welcome to attend)

Trinity-St. Andrew's Church Doors Open Northumberland County

Trinity-St. Andrew's Church

A Brighton landmark since 1848 when the sanctuary of this Gothic brick church was erected, Trinity-St. Andrew's has served generations of worshippers. A transept and wings were added in 1871 and a church hall in 1902. The hall was upgraded in 2011 to better serve the community. Note the classical return eaves, magnificent stained-glass windows and 1902 pipe organ.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

58 Prince Edward Street
Brighton, Ontario
Telephone: 613-475-1311
http://trinitystandrews.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1848
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Victoria Retirement Living Doors Open Northumberland County

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Victoria Retirement Living

An excellent early example of Greek revival design, this building has undergone many alterations throughout its complex 187-year history. It began as the Upper Canada Academy, followed by Victoria College in 1842. After 1892, it became an asylum, a military rehabilitation hospital, a provincial hospital, and a Community and Social Services training centre. Today, it’s home to over 40 retirees.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

100 University Avenue East
Cobourg, Ontario
Telephone: 905-377-1555
Email: victoriaretirement@bellnet.ca
www.victoriaretirementliving.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1832-36
Architect: Edward Crane
Building type: Health-care facility, Historical landmark, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wesleyan Methodist Meeting Hall Doors Open Northumberland County

Wesleyan Methodist Meeting Hall
Tour this faithfully restored 1850s Wesleyan Methodist meeting hall. The vernacular, timber-frame building had become derelict until a three-year, privately funded project was initiated in 2008 to restore the building to its original condition. Much of the restoration work could only be achieved by reference to old turn-of-the-century photos.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

118 Aird Street
Grafton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1851
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.