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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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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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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.

Atherley United Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Atherley United Church

This property was purchased in 1894 for the Atherley Methodist Church. With the establishment of the United Church in 1925, the church was renamed the Atherley United Church. The interior dimensions were supposed to be those of Noah’s Ark. During the next decades, a stained-glass window was installed, the pews were painted and the interior was panelled.

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46 Balsam Road
Ramara, Ontario
Telephone: 705-484-5997
Email: brechinpastoralcharge@yahoo.ca
www.brechinatherleyunitedchurches.com

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Banting Homestead Heritage Park Doors Open Simcoe County

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Banting Homestead Heritage Park

Managed by the Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation, Banting Homestead Heritage Park is also a diabetes management and education centre. Visitors can visit the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting – 1923 Nobel Prize winner for medicine for the co-discovery of insulin. Learn about diabetes and the discovery of insulin, explore the historical farmhouse, drive shed and heritage exhibits.

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5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-0111
Email: kait@bantinglegacy.ca
www.bantinglegacy.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1925
Building type: Educational facility, Historical house
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

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

Beattie's Distillers Doors Open Simcoe County

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Beattie's Distillers

The same family has been farming in this location in Alliston for five generations, growing crops of the highest standard for over 100 years. They have evolved from a potato farm to a farm that grows, harvests and distils potatoes for distilled spirits – including an award-winning vodka! They look forward to welcoming you to this Doors Open event.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

6673 13th Line
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-2444
Email: kenbeattie@beattiesdistillers.com
www.beattiesdistillers.com

Architecture

Year built: 2016
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Beck Mausoleum - First Presbyterian Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Beck Mausoleum - 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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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.

Brechin United Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Brechin United Church

The land for the Wesleyan Methodist Church was purchased in 1888. In 1925, with the establishment of the United Church of Canada, the church changed its name to Brechin United (the sister church of nearby Atherley United). Interior changes include the addition of stained-glass windows and notable wall hangings. It features a large kitchen and hall that can be rented.

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3252 County Road 47
Brechin, Ontario
Telephone: 705-484-5997
Email: brechinpastoralcharge@yahoo.ca
www.brechinatherleyunitedchurches.com

Architecture

Year built: 1888
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

Brodeur Residence Doors Open Simcoe County

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Brodeur Residence

Built in 1880 by the Georgian Bay Lumber Company, this saltbox-style home has been owned and lived in by the same family since 1927. Original wood elements include floors, stairs, trim and doors. A pantry sits below the stairs with a trap door leading below the house. Works of art by renowned artist Mark Tumber can be found onsite.

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209 Cherry Street
Waubaushene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-538-2380
Email: brodeur_christine@hotmail.com
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Brodeur-House-209-Cherry-Street-Waubaushene.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1880
Architect: Georgian Bay Lumber Company
Building type: Historical house
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Captain's House Heritage Bed & Breakfast, The Doors Open Simcoe County

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Captain's House Heritage Bed & Breakfast, The

Built in 1905, this was the home of Captain David Burke, his wife Lottie, and their daughter Ruth for over 60 years. Converted to a bed and breakfast in 2014, it has been lovingly restored to its original layout and showcases the true craftsmanship and elegance of the early 20th century.

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423 Hugel Avenue
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-245-3555
Email: captainshouse@rogers.com
www.facebook.com/CaptsHse

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Commercial, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Carley Community Hall Doors Open Simcoe County

Carley Community Hall

During Doors Open, visit the c. 1912 Carley Community Hall – originally a one-room schoolhouse. Today, it maintains its former look with original flooring, a stage, blackboard and large windows. Be a part of the history of the area, enjoy food and meet the talented artists whose work will be on sale.

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

Contact info

396 Warminster Sideroad (between Lines 8 and 9)
Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Telephone: 705-487-2171
www.carleycommunityhall.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1912
Building type: Attraction, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Christ Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Christ Church

This Anglican church, completed in 1881, was donated to the village by principals of the Georgian Bay Lumber Company. Originally, the exterior was clad in pine board and batten, painted white. The windows are original, covered on the outside. Its interior features include original windows, pews, chairs and clear ash panelling that covers a portion of the walls and ceiling.

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22 Hazel Street
Waubaushene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549 2223
Email: anglicanparish@bellnet.ca
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Christ-Church-22-Hazel-Street-Waubaushene.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1881
Architectural style: Log structure
Building type: Place of worship

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
Originally a market and opera hall, this Romanesque revival, three-storey, red-brick town hall features ornate sandstone trim, a central, gabled block and a circa 1890 clock tower. The building incorporates original round-headed arches with rustic stone voussoirs and hood mouldings. The tower is asymmetrically placed. Renovated in the 1980s, it remains a beautiful building well worth a visit.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

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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.

Copeland Hill Cemetery Doors Open Simcoe County

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Copeland Hill Cemetery

Copeland Hill Cemetery has a rich history. The church’s original congregation comprised members of the garrison from Drummond Island who settled here after the island was returned to the Americans following the War of 1812. In early days, the church’s pastors travelled by horseback. The Copelands – a prominent local industrial family – donated the cemetery land in the 1830s.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

2 Cemetery Lane
Township of Tiny, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-4204

Architecture

Year built: 1829
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Natural heritage

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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Architecture

Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

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

Dingo Farms Doors Open Simcoe County

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Dingo Farms

This family farm – the fourth generation of Harrisons – is dedicated to providing naturally slow-grown animals free of antibiotics and hormones to feed your family. With sustainability as their focus, they are consistently striving to support community initiatives, be responsible land stewards and take every opportunity to educate and share their passion for raising healthy animals.

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3412 Line 8
Bradford, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-5520
Email: munawarc@hotmail.com
www.dingofarms.com

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre Doors Open Simcoe County

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Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre

This award-winning business provides a unique approach to team building, leadership and life skills development using horses to learn and grow. Centuries ago, the property was home to a lumber mill and contains a pioneer cemetery. Current owners, Tracey Evans and Dirk Tews, are providing unforgettable programs and events for the people of Bradford and the Greater Toronto Area.

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Contact info

2800 Line 10, RR 2
Bradford, Ontario
Telephone: 289-231-6775
https://dreamwinds.ca

Architecture

Year built: Established in 2012

Dates/hours open

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

Federal Building Doors Open Simcoe County

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Federal Building

This fabulous building is a marble-fronted, beaux-arts-style building that replicates a state building in Havana, Cuba. It opened in 1915 as a federal post office. It boasts a central, three-bay, corinthian-order portico with central pediment, set between lower, three-bay, doric porticoes, all with balustraded parapets and coffered bronze ceilings. This remarkable building pays tribute to the Greek temple.

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44 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Courthouse

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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  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

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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.

Franks Lime Kiln Doors Open Simcoe County

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Franks Lime 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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Meet in the parking lot on County Road 91
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.

Gwillimdale Farms Doors Open Simcoe County

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Gwillimdale Farms

Fairview Barn, built in the early 1900s by the Roberts Family, retains its original character. The property was taken over by the Hambly Family in 2014. They restored the barn and brought the place to what it is today, valuing the history and nostalgia of the old barn in a rural landscape where such structures are disappearing.

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  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2026 11th Line
Bradford, Ontario
Telephone: 905-775-2889
Email: cristina@gwillimdalefarms.com
www.gwillimdalefarms.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900

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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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.

Historical Walking Tour of Alliston Doors Open Simcoe County

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Historical Walking Tour of Alliston

Discover historical downtown Alliston through a self-guided walking tour – offered by the Alliston Business Improvement Area. Capture the beauty of buildings such as St. John’s United Church, and learn how it was saved from the Great Fire. Stop in to learn more about other buildings along the way. Don’t miss the boutiques, restaurants and bakeries as you explore Victoria Street.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Pick up your walking tour map at 51 Victoria Street East
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-1787
Email: info@allistonbia.com
www.allistonbia.com

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Historical Walking Tour of Beeton Doors Open Simcoe County

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Historical Walking Tour of Beeton

The Beeton-Tottenham Business Improvement Association is excited to launch the Beeton Historical Walking Tour – a self-guided walking tour of Beeton’s historical downtown. Come and explore the history and beautiful architecture of century-old buildings like the newly designated town hall, with interpreters and music just for Doors Open! Tours depart from the D.A. Jones Library.

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  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Pick up your walking tour map at 42 Main Street West
Beeton, Ontario
Telephone: 905-936-3424
Email: info@btbia.ca
www.btbia.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Knox Presbyterian Church, Uptergrove Doors Open Simcoe County

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Knox Presbyterian Church, Uptergrove

Knox Presbyterian became a reality in 1856, but not until Johnston and Thompson – two Scottish gentlemen – had travelled on foot to Toronto to gain permission to build the kirk. By 1883, the congregation had outgrown the church. So, instead of rebuilding, the existing structure was split in two and six metres (20 feet) were added in the middle.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

5202 Highway 12
Ramara, Ontario
Telephone: 705-350-0188
Email: chercor.corey@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/KnoxUptergrove

Architecture

Year built: 1856
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

MacLaren Art Centre, The Doors Open Simcoe County

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MacLaren Art Centre, The

This gallery serves Barrie and Simcoe County, combining a renovated 1917 Carnegie public library with a dynamic contemporary addition designed in 2001 by Siamak Hariri. In addition to a permanent collection of contemporary Canadian art, the gallery presents a year-round program of exhibitions. It features multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing services.

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

Contact info

37 Mulcaster Street
Barrie, Ontario
Telephone: 705-720-1044
Email: sue.ellen@maclarenart.com
www.maclarenart.com

Architecture

Year built: 1917
Architect: Chapman & McGiffin
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation Doors Open Simcoe County

Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation

This is community theatre at its best! The Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation – a not-for-profit foundation that presents quality theatre to the greater Orillia area – opens its doors and provides hands-on experiences and demonstrations of what goes into making a theatre production. Learn about set design and construction, lighting and stage direction, while getting a tour of the theatre itself.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

12 Brammer Drive
Orillia, Ontario
www.mariposaartstheatre.ca

Architecture

Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

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

Moreno Manor Doors Open Simcoe County

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Moreno Manor

This home has retained much of its Edwardian charm. The newel post and banister, baseboards, crown mouldings and original doors all contribute to the home’s warmth and eclectic ambience. The current homeowners have added their own personalities as well, using light neutral colours, hand-wrought finishes and personal photography. Overall, the home exhibits a stunning old-world French style for modern living.

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561 Elizabeth Street
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-302-9448
Email: rodrigomoreno2268@gmail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

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

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

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Museum on the Boyne

The Museum on the Boyne is housed in a 1914 agricultural fair building, nestled among the trees of Alliston’s Riverdale Park. Since 1960, the museum has shared stories of the people and places that make up South Simcoe. Check out their Doors Open activities and find out why Riverdale Park has been a gathering place for more than a century.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

250 Fletcher Crescent
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-3900, ext. 1802
Email: boynemuseum@newtecumseth.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

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

Nancy Island Historic Site Doors Open Simcoe County

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Nancy Island Historic Site

This site houses the charred hull and artifacts of the HMS Nancy, a ship that battled three American schooners during the War of 1812. This event marked a pivotal moment in Canadian history. Canada’s borders today are a direct result of the valiant struggles of the Nancy and her crew. The island has served as a historic site since 1928.

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

Contact info

119 Mosley Street
Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Telephone: 705-429-2516
www.wasagabeachpark.com/nancy-island-historic-site

Architecture

Year built: 1968
Architectural style: Art deco, Edwardian, Gothic revival, Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical landmark, Museum
Landscape: Conservation area, Garden, Natural heritage, Park

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. This grand-scale dwelling, a 2.5-storey house, was erected in 1892-93 for Collingwood merchant Frank Telfer. It became the first property in Collingwood to be formally designated. The Queen Anne revival style features turrets, multiple gables and tall ornamental chimneys.

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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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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.

Old Library/Town Hall Doors Open Simcoe County

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Old Library/Town Hall

This designated building was donated to the village by the Victoria Harbor Lumber Company. It was completed in 1916. The style has features of English renaissance revival and maintains its original paint scheme. It served the community as a library until 1927 when the last lumber mill closed. Since then, it has been used for various purposes, including municipal offices.

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Contact info

152 William Street
Victoria Harbour, Ontario
Telephone: 416-751-7267, ext. 115
Email: riina@makk.com
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Old-Library-Town-Hall-152-William-St-Victoria-Harbour.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

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

Old Waverley School S.S. No. 3 Doors Open Simcoe County

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Old Waverley School S.S. No. 3

Built in 1926, this three-room schoolhouse was designed to service the four contiguous Townships of Tiny, Tay, Flos and Medonte. Now used as a veterinary hospital, the building’s original floor plan and several original features are still obvious. Its exterior is basically unchanged. The site is in the process of being designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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Architecture

Year built: 1926
Building type: Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

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

Operation Grow Doors Open Simcoe County

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Operation Grow

Operation Grow is a social enterprise holistically designed to address poverty, food scarcity, de-skilling, social exclusion and the impacts of trauma for women who have lived with violence. At its heart is a vertical farm that grows produce indoors. The community kitchen and yoga studio are used by members to help build peer relationships, dignity, confidence and autonomy.

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

Contact info

436 Bay Street
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-4769
Email: admin@rosewood.on.ca
www.operationgrow.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Architectural style: Brutalism
Building type: Commercial

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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  • 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 Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building) Doors Open Simcoe County

Orillia Museum of Art & History (Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building)

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is housed in the landmark Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, which was originally a customs house and post office, built between 1892 and 1894. The museum is a hub of culture and heritage, with 12,000 artifacts in their collection – ranging from artwork and textiles to metal and woodwork.

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

Contact info

30 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ontario
Telephone: 705-326-2159
Email: inspire@orilliamuseum.org
www.orilliamuseum.org

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Architect: Thomas Fuller
Architectural style: Neoclassical
Building type: Attraction, Museum

Dates/hours open

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

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.

Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1846-49, is a designated National Historic Site. It is one of the oldest African log churches still standing in North America. This church stands as a testament to both the Black settlers who carefully maintained it for nearly 75 years and the passionate community volunteers who have worked diligently to preserve it.

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

Contact info

Corner of Line 3 North and Old Barrie Road West
Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Telephone: 705-487-2171
www.facebook.com/OroAfricanChurch

Architecture

Year built: 1849
Building type: Historical landmark, Place of worship
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

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

Sainte-Croix Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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Sainte-Croix Church

Sainte-Croix Church traces its roots to the earliest introduction of Christianity to First Nations residents of the village of Ossossane. It was built by parishioners of the village of Sainte-Croix, which became known as Lafontaine in the 1850s. The church’s exterior features 19th-century brick work contributed by parishioners. All materials used in the construction of the church were locally made.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

327 Rue Lafontaine Road West
Lafontaine, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

Seven Star Lodge Doors Open Simcoe County

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Seven Star Lodge

The members of the Seven Star Lodge have been active in the community since receiving their charter in 1872. During Doors Open, come and tour the lodge room, ask questions concerning Freemasonry and learn about the organization’s history. Enter either from Victoria Street (where a chairlift is available) or Dominion Street. Light refreshments will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

28 Victoria Street West
Alliston, Ontario
Telephone: 705-435-7594

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Simcoe County Archives Doors Open Simcoe County

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Simcoe County Archives

The Simcoe County Archives – Ontario's first county archives – began in 1966. It remains the official repository for the permanent records of the Corporation of the County of Simcoe, its constituent municipalities and the City of Barrie. The Archives also collects records in any media that document the history of Simcoe County. Its earliest original record dates from 1540.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

1149 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario
Telephone: 705-726-9331
Email: archives@simcoe.ca
www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc

Architecture

Year built: 1979
Architect: Boigon & Armstrong Architects (1979); W.M. Salter and Associates Inc. (1992); Black and Moffat Architects (2012)
Architectural style: Contemporary
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 29, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; special guided tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

South Simcoe Railway Doors Open Simcoe County

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South Simcoe Railway

During Doors Open, check out the newly renovated station while enjoying live music and learning about the South Simcoe Railway and the historical importance of railways to New Tecumseth. Watch the train in action as it leaves the station. Tickets for the Fall Colours train excursion will be available for purchase at the station.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Mill Street West (west of Queen Street)
Tottenham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-936-5815
Email: info@southsimcoerailway.ca
http://southsimcoerailway.ca

Architecture

Year built: established in 1992
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Historical landmark

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.

St. Columbkille Parish Doors Open Simcoe County

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St. Columbkille Parish

St. Columbkille Parish in Uptergrove was founded in 1855; it was the first Catholic parish in the area. The original frame church was torn down and the present brick edifice constructed in 1905. This beautiful Gothic structure stands high on a hill and can easily be viewed by all when driving on Highway 12 east from Orillia.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

4993 Highway 12
Ramara, Ontario
Telephone: 705-326-2849
Email: gangels@bellnet.ca
https://stcolumbkillesor.archtoronto.org

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Architectural style: Gothic revival, Victorian
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

St. Luke's Anglican Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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St. Luke's Anglican Church

The original St. Luke’s was built in 1851 on posts in order to shelter horses beneath it. The building was later lowered onto a concrete foundation. The present church building, built in 1855, has unique clear glass windows in the nave, surrounded by four stained-glass panels that depict the apostles and St. Cecilia.

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  • Washrooms

Contact info

9160 Highway 12 West
Orillia, Ontario
Telephone: 705-646-5089
Email: info@wpcparish.ca
http://wpcparish.ca/st-luke-prices-corners

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

St. Patrick’s Perkinsfield Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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St. Patrick’s Perkinsfield Church

This church is a prominent landmark located in the heart of Huron-Wendat territory – near the Ossosane bone pit where Father Jean de Brébeuf witnessed a mass burial of over 1,000 individuals in 1636. Built in 1884, it is a late-19th-century carpenter Gothic-style structure – identified by simple wood siding, a gable roof and a symmetrical steeple built on a light-frame construction.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available

Contact info

10 County Road 6 South
Township of Tiny, Ontario
Telephone: 705-549-2560

Architecture

Year built: 1884
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

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

St. Paul's Centre Doors Open Simcoe County

St. Paul's Centre

This multi-use centre seeks to be at the heart of Orillia. Tour the newly renovated Great Hall and hear about the history and future plans for St. Paul’s, while listening to local musicians. Visit the St. Paul’s History book launch and sale, make your own Dream Star, or enjoy an Orillia 150-themed children’s painting workshop with artist Robyn Rennie.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Women's history

Contact info

62 Peter Street North
Orillia, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

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

St. Paul's United Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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St. Paul's United Church

The tradition of worship began here in 1875 when Methodist services were established in Midland. Midland continued as part of a circuit ministry until 1897, when a new Methodist Church was built. This imposing red-brick structure, originally called King Street Methodist, had its name changed to St. Paul's United in 1925 when it joined the United Church of Canada.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

308 King Street
Midland, Ontario
Telephone: 705-526-6077
Email: stpaulsunited@rogers.com
www.stpaulsmidland.org

Architecture

Year built: 1897-1902
Building type: Place of worship
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

St. Thomas' Anglican Church Doors Open Simcoe County

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St. Thomas' Anglican Church

Come and explore the unusual church craftsmanship of this significant Shanty Bay structure –featuring interior wood elements (pews, lectern, pulpit, flooring, wainscoting, ceiling beams, reredos and interior panelling with adze marks). Completed in 1842 and situated amid towering spruce, the church’s adjacent cemetery is home to the founding O’Brien family with their 1913 mausoleum.

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Contact info

28 Church Street
Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Telephone: 705-722-7111
Email: stthomasshantybay@gmail.com
www.stthomasshantybay.com

Architecture

Year built: 1842
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

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

Tremont, The Doors Open Simcoe County

Tremont, The
The 2010 restoration of The Tremont – a former tavern built in 1889 – revitalized an important designated building in the Collingwood Heritage District. Original architectural details include segmental-arch apertures and stepped pilasters. 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.

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  • 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.

Victoria Manor Doors Open Simcoe County

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Victoria Manor

This Edwardian-style house, now a private home, was built for a manager of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Company. Original features have been preserved – including a free-flowing plan, oak floors and staircase, pillars, stained-glass windows and numerous gables. Over the years, the site has been a retirement home and a bed-and-breakfast. It has been recognized in the Municipal Heritage Register.

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Contact info

121 Richard Street
Victoria Harbour, Ontario
Telephone: 705-534-3005
Email: lhuzan@sympatico.ca
www.tay.ca/en/living-here/resources/Documents/Doors-Open-Victoria-Manor-121-Richard-St-Victoria-Harbour.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1916
Architectural style: Edwardian
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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

Victoria Mercantile Company Doors Open Simcoe County

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Victoria Mercantile Company

This designated general store was built in 1902 to service lumber company employees and other local residents. It continues to operate today as an antique store and café under the name Village Mercantile. The exterior remains largely unchanged, maintaining many original features and its original paint scheme in yellow and white.

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  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

154 William Street
Victoria Harbour, Ontario
Telephone: 705-506-0330
Email: garyb154@hotmail.com
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Victoria-Mercantile-Company-154-William-St-Victoria-Harbour.pdf

Architecture

Year built: 1902
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Woodland Rest Doors Open Simcoe County

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Woodland Rest

A one-time Jesuit chapel, this plank-framed building was converted into a residence in 1928 by a locally prominent lumbering family. The third generation of the same family still owns and resides in the house, which maintains many original features – including plank walls, pine ceilings, floors, doors, trim and furniture. The site has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

200 Cherry Street
Waubaushene, Ontario
Telephone: 705-538-1585
Email: tfegarty@rogers.com
www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/resources/Documents/Woodland-Rest-200-Cherry-St-Waubaushene.pdf

Architecture

Year built: pre-1914
Architect: Catholic Order of Foresters
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

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