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St. Marys

Event information

Saturday, October 16, 2021 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: from its bustling downtown core to picturesque bridges, 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 its architecture.

From stunning architecture to picturesque vistas, St. Marys has a special character all 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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COVID-19 protocols

All buildings will have a 50 per cent capacity limit to ensure that social distancing can be maintained. Masks are mandatory in all participating Doors Open St. Marys buildings. Visitors will be passively screened and required to sanitize their hands at the entrance of each building. Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-284-3556
Email: museum@town.stmarys.on.ca
Website: https://www.discoverstmarys.ca

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

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Located in an 1860s limestone house with an impressive 2019 addition, 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

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

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 October 16, 2021
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grand Trunk Trestle Doors Open St. Marys

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

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

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Building type: Attraction
Landscape: Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 16, 2021
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 in 1893 from St. Marys limestone, 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

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking

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 October 16, 2021
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 throughout the years with the addition of a tower, an adjoining parish hall and beautiful, commemorative windows.

Tell us your story about this site

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

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 October 16, 2021
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Heritage Conservation District Doors Open St. Marys

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
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

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

Year built: Various
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 16, 2021
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

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

177 Church Street South
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3556
Email: museum@town.stmarys.on.ca
www.stmarysmuseum.ca

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 16, 2021
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 October 16, 2021
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

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

Contact info

15 Church Street North
St. Marys, Ontario
Telephone: 519-284-3346
Email: libraryinfo@stmaryspubliclibrary.ca
https://www.townofstmarys.com/en/recreation-and-culture/Library.aspx

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 16, 2021
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Marys Station Gallery Doors Open St. Marys

St. Marys Station Gallery

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

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

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 October 16, 2021
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 an auditorium.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Guided tours available
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

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: Government building, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 16, 2021
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.