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St. Marys

Event information

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open St. Marys offers visitors an opportunity to discover the stories of our historical town and the beauty of St. Marys. A tour through the historical streets and buildings of St. Marys offers a first-hand look at the unique limestone architecture unique to this area, bustling downtown core, picturesque bridges and waterways, and vibrant green spaces.

Explore this historically rich community with its distinctive 19th- and early 20th-century landscapes, buildings and streetscapes during Doors Open St. Marys!

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Community information

Close to everything yet removed from the ordinary, St. Marys is a town that works – and a town that plays.

From being a grain and agricultural centre in the late 1800s to becoming an incubator for unique businesses, a hub for artists and artisans, and the host of many community events, St. Marys illustrates why small towns work … charming history paired with modern amenities, all wrapped in an extraordinary setting, in any season.

The Stonetown is an apt moniker for St. Marys as the town is filled with unique architecture featuring locally quarried limestone. The stone buildings reveal much about the town's history, and in many cases, the development of the town can be witnessed in the architecture.

From stunning architecture to picturesque vistas, St. Marys has a special character all of its own. To assist in the preservation of this character, the Town of St. Marys designated its downtown core as a Heritage Conservation District in 2012.

St. Marys is conveniently located just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Stratford, 40 kilometres (24 miles) from London and 175 kilometres (108 miles) from Toronto.

We look forward to your visit!

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Become a volunteer

Volunteers are an essential part of Doors Open St. Marys. Volunteers do not need any previous experience to participate in Doors Open and will be provided with information and a formal training session prior to the day of the event.

Volunteer roles

  1. Tour Guides of historical buildings and participating sites
  2. Greeters to meet the public and organize tour groups
  3. Counters to assist the greeter and count participants

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact us at museum@town.stmarys.on.ca.

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Contact info

15 sites found

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Doors Open St. Marys

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Located in an 1860s limestone house, this museum is situated on 13 picturesque hectares (32 acres) overlooking the locally famous quarry swimming hole. The site includes a major-league-style baseball diamond, two children’s fields and picturesque walking trails. The museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia, and pays tribute to baseball’s impressive Canadian roots and the accomplishments of Hall of Fame inductees.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

386 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 1-877-250-BALL (2255)
Email: scott@baseballhalloffame.ca
www.baseballhalloffame.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1860s
Building type: Attraction, Museum
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central School Manor Doors Open St. Marys

Central School Manor

St. Marys Central School was the largest stone structure in town at one time. It remains important as the last example of institutional (even domestic) stone construction in St. Marys. Closed in 2010, the school has been sympathetically converted to luxury condominiums. During Doors Open, a second-floor apartment will be available for touring, as well as common areas.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

189 Elizabeth Street
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-859-1900

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Architect: Watt and Blackwell (architects); Walter J. Leslie (local builder)
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Private residence, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First Baptist Church Doors Open St. Marys

First Baptist Church

Visitors to this lovely building, on the corner of “church” street, will be impressed by the vaulted ceilings, beautiful hewn beams and stained-glass windows – unusual in a Baptist church. The cornerstone of the current building was laid on June 26, 1902; the first service was held on December 21 that year.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

34 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-1758
www.firstbaptiststmarys.com

Architecture

Year built: 1902
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Trunk Trestle Doors Open St. Marys

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Grand Trunk Trestle

Built as a Grand Trunk Railway viaduct over the Thames River, this trestle was used by trains until 1989. In the mid-1990s, the Town of St. Marys purchased it and created a volunteer committee to convert it into the Grand Trunk Trail, an integral part of the local trail system. In 1999, the Grand Trunk Trestle officially opened to pedestrians.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Park at the top of Wellington Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
Email: museum@town.stmarys.on.ca
www.townofstmarys.com/en/discover-our-town/20-on-the-trestle-.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church Doors Open St. Marys

Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church

This beautiful church, built from St. Marys limestone in 1893, replaced a much smaller stone church on the same spacious grounds. Its magnificent 21-metre (69-foot) central tower is topped by an 18-metre (61-foot) steeple. The parish recently completed an ambitious project to restore the tile roofing.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

149 King Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2593
http://wp.dol.ca/webportal/parish/web/view_parish/Holy_Name_of_Mary_Parish__336_/1/32

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. James Anglican Church Doors Open St. Marys

St. James Anglican Church

Visitors are always welcome at this historical church, set on spacious grounds near the heart of downtown St. Marys. Dating from 1858, the original modest stone building has been enhanced through the years with the addition of a tower, an adjoining parish hall and beautiful, commemorative windows.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

65 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-1147
www.stjamesinstmarys.org

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Heritage Conservation District Doors Open St. Marys

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St. Marys Heritage Conservation District

The combination of limestone buildings constructed from locally quarried stone, a scenic location in the river valley, a physically intact downtown, and the large number of well-preserved historical buildings all combine to give St. Marys a distinct feel and charm. Come and explore the architecture, vibrant shops and scenic vistas located in St. Marys’ conservation district.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 175 Queen Street East (St. Marys Town Hall)
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2340
Email: museum@town.stmarys.on.ca
www.townofstmarys.com/en/recreation-and-culture/Heritage-and-Historic-Landmarks.aspx

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Marys Museum Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Museum

When George Tracy – one of St. Marys' earliest settlers – built this house for his family in 1854, it was the largest residence in the area. The neighbourhood park surrounding the building today is what remains of the extensive grounds of this Castle in the Bush. A fine example of domestic limestone construction, it has been a museum since 1959.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

177 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1854
Architect: Robert Barbour
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Presbyterian Church Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Presbyterian Church

Built in 1880-81 of St. Marys limestone, St. Marys Presbyterian Church replaced a more modest frame structure that had been on this site since 1852. The interior of the church was renovated in the mid-1960s, when two local Presbyterian congregations united and this building was selected as their combined place of worship.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

147 Widder Street East
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2620
http://pccweb.ca/stmarys

Architecture

Year built: 1880-81
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Public Library Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Public Library

In 1904, the Carnegie Foundation awarded the town of St. Marys a grant of $10,000 to build a public library. Local architect J.A. Humphris used classical motifs and St. Marys limestone to design a building that complemented the neighbouring town hall. The children’s wing to the east was completed in 1988.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

15 Church Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3346
www.stmarys.library.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1904; children’s wing, 1988
Architect: J.A. Humphris (St. Marys)
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Town Hall Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Town Hall

The Town Hall is a replacement for an earlier municipal building that was destroyed by fire in 1890. The Town Hall building was designed by Toronto architect G.W. Gouinlock and built in 1892 using St. Marys limestone, with contrasting sandstone accents. Still the administrative centre of the town, the building contains council chambers, municipal offices and a public gallery.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

175 Queen Street East
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2340
www.townofstmarys.com/en/recreation-and-culture/Heritage-and-Historic-Landmarks.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1892
Architect: G.W. Gouinlock
Architectural style: Romanesque revival
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Train Station Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Train Station

Recently featured in an episode of the CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, this train station is certainly worth a visit! Constructed for the Grand Trunk Railway, it functions today as a VIA Rail station. It is also home to the St. Marys Station Gallery, which gives exposure to local artists who reflect the cultural diversity, history and character of the community.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

5 James Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-2340
https://stmarysstationgallery.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1907
Architect: E. Chandler (Stratford)
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys United Church Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys United Church

St. Marys United Church, built with white Ontario brick, replaced a smaller limestone Methodist church. Its tower once supported a steeple that was damaged by lightning in the 1940s and removed. The interior is a spacious and inspiring place of worship. The organ is one of the finest in the area.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

85 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
https://stmarysunitedchurch.weebly.com

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thames Vista Farm Doors Open St. Marys

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Thames Vista Farm

First known as Thorn Hill Place, this spacious white Ontario brick farmhouse was built around 1870 for Patrick Whelihan, Registrar of Perth South. Now known as Thames Vista Farm, the hillside location overlooks the valley of the farm property, the Thames River and the Grand Trunk Trestle. Original interior features include marble fireplaces, decorative mouldings and large windows.

Tell us your story about this site

Contact info

169 Ingersoll Street
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
Email: museum@town.stmarys.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1870
Building type: Private residence
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waterworks Building Doors Open St. Marys

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Waterworks Building

The Waterworks Building was built in 1899 when a municipal water system was installed in St. Marys. During Doors Open, the Town of St. Marys and the Ontario Clean Water Agency will be leading tours of the site, including the new reservoir facility. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority will also be presenting information related to drinking water source protection.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

55 St. George Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
Email: museum@town.stmarys.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1899
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 28, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.