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Oakville

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Digital Doors Open Oakville

Explore some traditional Doors Open Oakville sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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Merrick Thomas House Doors Open Oakville

Merrick Thomas House

Merrick Thomas House is a fine example of a settler’s house. This one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure – with the saltbox roofline typical of its period – is constructed of white pine logs squared into 12-inch-by-12-inch timbers on a fieldstone foundation. The Oakville Historical Society now operates the house as a museum. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this house through the video below, or check out their YouTube playlist for more content.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

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144 Front Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1829; moved to its present site in 1955
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Historical Society Offices Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Historical Society Offices

The offices of the Oakville Historical Society are located in the cottages on the north side of the Erchless Estate grounds. The great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm, had the cottages built in the 1950s. During Digital Doors Open, explore their new exhibit on the history of education and schools in the Oakville area through the video below, or discover more on their YouTube channel. You can also search their online photo database and explore their plaque database.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Telephone: 905-844-2695
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Friday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate Doors Open Oakville

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate

The Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms. It is now the setting for the community's museum. For Digital Doors Open, discover an extensive virtual tour that takes you inside each room of the property – don't miss the Underground Railroad exhibit upstairs! After your virtual tour, take in the video tour on YouTube below (led by the museum's very own Julian Kingston), which features some of the Town of Oakville's online collections – including hundreds of artifacts and historical photos of the town.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
www.oakville.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Architect: R.K. Chisholm
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Wednesday March 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Oakville