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St. Thomas

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, take a trip through spooky St. Thomas. Visit some creepy spaces, learn some local lore, and even hear a ghost story or two!

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Community information

St. Thomas has come a long way since it was first settled in 1810. Named after Thomas Talbot, who helped promote the development of this region during the early 19th century, the city was named the seat of the new Elgin County in 1844 and was incorporated as a village in 1852, as a town in 1861 and as a city in 1881.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, several railways were constructed through the city –located exactly halfway between Detroit and Buffalo. As a result, St. Thomas became an important railway junction. Because of this history, St. Thomas has many remnants of its railway past still in existence – repurposed for the 21st century.

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Telephone: 519-631-1680, ext. 4132
Email: tourism@stthomas.ca
Website: www.railwaycitytourism.com

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BX Tower Doors Open St. Thomas

BX Tower
BX Tower, which was constructed in 1917 and remained in operation until the mid-1980s, was a control point for managing rail traffic and eliminating accidents at the junction of the London and Port Stanley Railway and the Michigan Central Railroad. The tower provides a 360-degree view of the tracks. Come and see demonstrations of how the tower functioned.

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  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

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Moore Street at Centre Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-637-6284
http://ecrm5700.org/bx-tower

Architecture

Year built: 1917
Building type: Attraction, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elgin County Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Museum

The Elgin County Heritage Centre is located beside the Elgin County Administration Building, with the museum on the fourth floor. The centre features changing exhibitions and a permanent space called Talbot’s Castle – a recreation of Colonel Talbot’s ancestral castle where visitors will discover how Talbot helped settle southwestern Ontario.

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

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450 and 460 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1460
www.elgincounty.ca/museum

Architecture

Year built: 1939 and 2017
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elgin County Railway Museum Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Railway Museum

Come to the Elgin County Railway Museum and visit the century-old Michigan Central Railroad locomotive shops. Take a guided tour and discover displays of railway artifacts, rolling stock equipment and the History in Motion model railway. Climb aboard and explore the interior of a real caboose and the 5700 steam engine.

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

Contact info

225 Wellington Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-637-6284
www.ecrm5700.org

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Architect: John Findlay
Building type: Museum, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London and Port Stanley Railway Station Doors Open St. Thomas

London and Port Stanley Railway Station

The replica London and Port Stanley (L&PS) Railway Station houses the Railway City Tourism office. See displays of railway artifacts and interpretative panels about the railway history of St. Thomas. A guide to walking tours is available, which will help visitors explore the surrounding L&PS corridor, trails and adjacent sites. Catch the Port Stanley Terminal Rail outside.

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

Contact info

605 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1680, ext. 4132
Email: tourism@stthomas.ca
www.railwaycitytourism.com

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Port Stanley Terminal Rail Doors Open St. Thomas

Port Stanley Terminal Rail

The Port Stanley Terminal Rail is an operating tourist railway that runs on the restored London and Port Stanley (L&PS) Railway line to St. Thomas. The headquarters is located in the village of Port Stanley on Lake Erie. For Doors Open St. Thomas 2019, enjoy a train ride from the L&PS Railway Station to the Elgin County Museum.

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  • Washrooms

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605 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-782-3730
www.pstr.on.ca

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Princess Avenue Playhouse Doors Open St. Thomas

Princess Avenue Playhouse

Since 1967, the Elgin Theatre Guild has been treating local audiences to live entertainment. Run entirely by volunteers, the guild attracts hundreds of patrons every year to the Princess Avenue Playhouse. A handsome brick building with three outstanding façades and two distinct towers, it was designed in 1907 as a church. It hosts nationally renowned music acts throughout the year.

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

Contact info

40 Princess Avenue
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-633-8530
www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1907
Architect: Neil Darrach
Building type: Place of worship, Theatre

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.