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Richmond Hill - Postponed

Event information

Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During Doors Open Richmond Hill, whether old or new, each cultural site offers a look into our rich history and offers an experience that the whole family can enjoy.

As usual, there will be tours, activities and demonstrations – all free! View art exhibits at the Mill Pond Gallery. Hear the buzz at Circling Hawk Farm. Try lawn bowling at the Lawn Bowling Club. Enjoy weaving and pottery demonstrations at the Burr House. Explore the Richmond Hill Hindu Temple – the largest Hindu Temple in North America. And much more!

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Community information

The City of Richmond Hill started as a small settlement located partially in the Township of Vaughan and partially in the Township of Markham. The city’s development was closely linked with the development of Yonge Street, which was planned primarily as a military road by John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada. The town was officially incorporated on June 18, 1872 as a village; the first council meeting was held on January 1, 1873 under the leadership of Abraham Law as reeve.

Richmond Hill developed because of its proximity to Toronto, as farmers came into town on their way to Toronto markets and people travelled up and down Yonge Street to and from communities further north. Early in the 20th century, several large greenhouse operations were built in Richmond Hill, while rose growing turned the town into the rose capital of Canada. In the 1920s, village council adopted the motto of the Duke of Richmond, for whom the town may have been named. A local artist and carriage painter, William Ashford Wright, created a town crest that included elements of the Duke of Richmond's coat of arms and the community’s famed roses.

Data from the recent census conducted by Statistics Canada indicated that Richmond Hill continues to be one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities. Over the last 50 years, Richmond Hill has continued to grow while supporting culture and heritage with projects that include a new public library and the Centre for Performing Arts. Richmond Hill officially became a city on March 25, 2019.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-737-1818, ext. 6007
Email: heritageservices@richmondhill.ca
Website: www.richmondhill.ca/doorsopen

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Burr House and Guild Hall Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Burr House and Guild Hall

In this cottage-style house that Rowland Burr built in 1820, visitors can purchase fibre arts and enjoy tea and scones (available for a nominal fee in the Tea Room). The Guild Hall, built in 1857 by the Evangelical Association of North America, was moved here in 1978 and is now a crafts studio. Enjoy weaving, spinning, pottery, and quilting demonstrations.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

528-530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-0327
www.burrhousefiberarts.com

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Architectural style: Ontario cottage

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Circling Hawk Farm Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

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Circling Hawk Farm

Come and enjoy the honey bee experience! Three generations of this family run this honey farm, which produces pure honey, pollen and cut comb. Bees forage here on the wilds of the Oak Ridges Moraine on abundant blossoms of alfalfa, clover, goldenrod and other wildflowers, enabling them to make an assortment of beautiful honey.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

13433 Leslie Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 289-809-4360
www.circlinghawkfarm.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.)

Eyer Wideman Homestead Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Eyer Wideman Homestead

This house, constructed in 1828, is attributed to David Eyer (1796-1871) and is considered to be one of the earliest surviving examples of a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite dwelling in Richmond Hill. This designated building is currently used as the local youth centre, featuring an outdoor high and low ropes challenge course and a climbing wall. Enjoy craft activities and refreshments.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1045 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-737-9210
www.richmondhill.ca/eyerhomestead

Architecture

Year built: 1828

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The (Hindu Temple Richmond Hill) Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Hindu Temple Society of Canada, The (Hindu Temple Richmond Hill)

This Hindu temple, the largest in North America, was built and is operated under the Agama Sastra traditions. The temple was designed by Mr. V. Janakiramana Sthapathi, who hails from the same family of architects that built the famous Big Temple in Tanjavur in South India during the Chola period. Come and explore the fine artwork displayed throughout.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10865 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-883-9109
www.rhht.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1987-88
Architect: V. Janakiramana Sthapathi
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Lady Queen of the World Parish Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

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Our Lady Queen of the World Parish

This church was built in 1963 with the vision and mission to be fully inclusive. Original stained-glass windows were recently preserved under the expertise of Richmond Hill artist, Ken Van Winkle. The image “Volto Santo,” a replica of the Holy Face of Manoppello, was acknowledged by the pope in 2006. L’Arche Daybreak craft sale and guided tours will be offered.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10411 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-7006
www.olqw.com

Architecture

Year built: 1963
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre

The Richmond Hill Artifact Collections Storage Centre, located in the city's Operations Centre, houses thousands of historical artifacts in its climate-controlled facility. Much of the collection, dating back over a century, results from the generous donations of local families. During Doors Open, take a behind-the-scenes look at the collections and learn how artifacts are catalogued, preserved and maintained.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1200 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-780-2927
www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/artifact-collections.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1990

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House) Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House)

Built by Amos Wright, Markham Township’s first reeve, in 1840, this well-preserved building is home to the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre, surrounded by picturesque Amos Wright Park. On exhibit: Richmond Hill’s Architectural Heritage (an exhibit by Holy Trinity School students, winners of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award). A special Mother's Day tea will also be served (reservations required).

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

19 Church Street North
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-780-3802
www.richmondhill.ca/heritagecentre

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Architectural style: Regency
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club

The Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club – with its lush green lawns in the heart of town – was formed in 1918 by some of the most prominent citizens of Richmond Hill. Try your hand at lawn bowling in this resort-like atmosphere. Tour the clubhouse and view artifacts related to the club’s history. Refreshments will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

43 Church Street South, behind Elgin Barrow Arena
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-239-3718
www.rhlawnbowling.com

Architecture

Year built: 1918

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

This Gothic revival church, with its unique patterned bricks, was erected in 1880. The cemetery behind contains tombstones dating from 1806 to the present, as well as a vault (the “dead house”) used to store caskets during the winter. Enjoy music played on the 100-year-old Casavant organ, as well as a pancake breakfast with eggs and sausages (nominal fee applies).

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10066 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-4211
http://rhpresbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pancake breakfast served from 9 to 11 a.m.

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church

View the unique architecture of this church and learn about its history. The Coptic Church is one of the oldest Christian congregations, established by Mark the Evangelist in AD 43. Beautiful hand-painted murals, carved wood and imported marble from Egypt grace the interior of this place of worship. Enjoy both Coptic art and music at this Doors Open event.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

11308 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 416-800-3333
www.smsj.ca

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Mary's Anglican Church Doors Open Richmond Hill - Postponed

St. Mary's Anglican Church

St. Mary’s – a scaled-down version of Toronto’s St. James Cathedral – is the oldest remaining church in the original village of Richmond Hill. St. Mary’s is now a chapel for the main church, built in the 1960s. Take a guided tour of the chapel, the indoor burial plot and the modern church. During Doors Open, enjoy an archival display.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

10030 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Telephone: 905-884-2227
www.saintmaryschurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872; 1960s
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 9, 2020
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.