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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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15 sites found

All Saints' Anglican Church Doors Open Simcoe County

All Saints' Anglican Church

This is the oldest surviving church in Collingwood. After a fire destroyed the original, a new and larger building was constructed in 1858 (the present church), with transepts, the sanctuary and bell tower added in 1876, and the parish hall and vestry in 1911. Over the years, the church has been enhanced by stained-glass windows and a distinctive altar.

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  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

32 Elgin Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-445-3841
Email: allsaintschurch@bmts.com
www.allsaintscollingwood.com

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Beck Monument - First Presbyterian Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Beck Monument - First Presbyterian Cemetery

Occupying a prominent place in this cemetery stands the Beck Family Mausoleum. It was constructed in 1910 by the Beck family for themselves and their immediate descendants. This influential family donated this parcel of land, which overlooks the Penetanguishene Harbour, to the church. Many of the monuments date back to 1900. Accessibility note: Site requires walking on a grass-covered incline.

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Contact info

79 Church Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-8637
www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2508004/presbyterian-cemetery

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Bethel Union Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Bethel Union Cemetery

This cemetery was established in 1855. It was one of the only integrated cemeteries of its time, with black, white and Aboriginal peoples all buried in it. It remained an active cemetery until 1940, but fell into a state of disrepair by the 1960s. In 1997, Jane Cooper-Wilson and the Silver Shoe Historical Society restored the site.

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2249 Creemore Avenue
New Lowell, Ontario
http://clearviewclerk.ca/cemeteries/bethel-union-cemetery

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

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

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
Collingwood, 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

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.

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

Contact info

2714 Grenfel Road
Minesing, 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.

Frank’s Limestone Kiln Doors Open Simcoe County

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Frank’s Limestone Kiln

This side trail is part of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and leads to a restored lime kiln that was built circa 1860. Designated pathways and fencing are in place for hikers to view the structure. Franks Lime Kiln Side Trail is 30 metres (approximately 100 feet) in length and is an easy to moderate walk.

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Contact info

Meet on the north side of County Road #91, in Duntroon
Duntroon, Ontario
Telephone: 1-800-665-HIKE
Email: info@brucetrail.org
http://brucetrail.org/trail_changes/185

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Trail

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
Hillsdale, 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.

National Ski Academy Doors Open Simcoe County

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National Ski Academy

Historically known as Tornaveen, this grand-scale dwelling continues to hold cultural heritage value. The building is a 2.5-storey house that was erected in 1892-93 for Collingwood merchant Frank Telfer.

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  • Parking

Contact info

200 Oak Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-444-1617
www.nationalskiacademy.com

Architecture

Year built: 1892
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

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

North America’s Smallest Jail Doors Open Simcoe County

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North America’s Smallest Jail

This 4.5 metre by 6 metre (15 foot by 20 foot) building was erected in 1892 at a cost of $425.20. Its first resident was a black cow, but most of the “guests” were incarcerated overnight to “dry out.” It stopped serving as a jail in the early 1940s and today it is open for visitors.

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  • Parking

Contact info

165 Library Street
Creemore, Ontario
Telephone: 705-428-6230, ext. 249
Email: amurray@clearview.ca
http://creemore.com/log-cabin-adopts-north-americas-smallest-jail

Architecture

Year built: 1892
Building type: Historical landmark

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

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Market Square, 36 Mississaga Street West
Orillia, 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!

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

Contact info

36 Mississaga Street West
Orillia, 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.

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

Contact info

13 Burke Street
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2150
Email: museum@penetanguishene.ca
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.

St. Anne’s Jesuit Memorial Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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St. Anne’s Jesuit Memorial Church

Father Theophile Laboureau spearheaded the construction of St. Anne’s Church between 1885 and 1900. The three great bells were cast in France and carry the names of Canadian martyrs. In 1999, 15.8-metre (52-foot) steeples were added and a new rectory was built. St. Anne’s is a prominent structure, whether viewed from the harbour or from land.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

28 Robert Street West
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2560
Email: stannsrc@bellnet.ca
https://stannspe.archtoronto.org

Architecture

Year built: 1885-1900
Architectural style: Italianate
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Tremont, The Doors Open Simcoe County

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Tremont, The
The 2010 restoration of The Tremont – a former hotel built in 1889 – revitalized an important designated building in the Collingwood Heritage District. The Tremont now provides studio and live/work space for the creative sector – housing nine artist studios, a gallery space, four residences and the Tremont Café.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

80 Simcoe Street
Collingwood, Ontario
Telephone: 705-445-5764
https://whatsonsimcoestreet.com/the-tremont

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

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