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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

Contact info

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 Archives Doors Open St. Thomas

Elgin County Archives

This building, originally a nurses’ residence for the psychiatric hospital, was connected to the hospital by a pedestrian tunnel, which is still there. In 1985, it became the administration offices for Elgin County and later the Municipality of Central Elgin. Many alterations occurred, including closing in balconies to make offices. But some spaces, stone carvings and woodwork remain largely intact.

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

Contact info

450 Sunset Drive
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-1460, ext. 154
www.elgincounty.ca/archives

Architecture

Year built: 1939
Architect: W.L. Somerville with J.T. Findlay
Architectural style: Art deco

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5 – Saturday October 13, 2018
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. 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

Contact info

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 1 p.m.

Laing Studios Doors Open St. Thomas

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Laing Studios

Laing Studios is located in downtown St. Thomas. This artist-run studio is operated by Grayden Laing, who specializes in film production, photography, commercial art, animation and fine art. The building itself was built in 1911 as Goodwin Furniture and has housed several other businesses over the years, including Dominion Natural Gas, Union Gas, Leon’s Furniture and VanPelt’s Bookstore.

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  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

456 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 647-269-4415
Email: grayden@laingstudios.com
https://laingstudios.com

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

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

Lemon Pharmacy Building Doors Open St. Thomas

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Lemon Pharmacy Building

The 1908 Lemon Pharmacy Building has been beautifully restored and now hosts the shop Purely Wicked – an all-natural skincare boutique with bath products, zero waste, candles and other witchy wares (plus a whole room of Harry Potter merchandise). Visit Purely Wicked during Doors Open for a historical tour of the building, or to have a short tarot card reading!

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633 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Email: purelywickedapothecary@gmail.com
www.purelywicked.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Commercial

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.

Old St. Thomas Church & Churchyard Doors Open St. Thomas

Old St. Thomas Church & Churchyard

This church, constructed in 1824 in the early English Gothic-revival style, is the oldest in the former Talbot Settlement, and the oldest brick structure in St. Thomas. The church retains many interesting features, including a lych-gate, a Cotswold spire, box pews and Queen Victoria’s coat of arms. The cemetery has an extra-large tombstone, the Chisholm monument and the witches grave.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

55 Walnut Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
http://oldstthomaschurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1824
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

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

Contact info

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.

St. Thomas Cemetery Doors Open St. Thomas

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St. Thomas Cemetery

The non-profit Saint Thomas Cemetery Company owns and operates this cemetery (plus the nearby South Park Cemetery), with interment records dating back to 1850. The company’s history is deeply rooted in the foundation and building of the City of St. Thomas and area. This cemetery encompasses 10 hectares (25 acres) of gently rolling hills with several impressive monuments.

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67 West Avenue
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-2038
Email: lesley@stthomascemetery.com
https://stthomascemetery.com

Architecture

Dates/hours open

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

St. Thomas Elevated Park - Michigan Central Railway Bridge Doors Open St. Thomas

St. Thomas Elevated Park - Michigan Central Railway Bridge

The 89-year-old Michigan Central Railway bridge tells a great story about St. Thomas’s railway heritage. The third phase of this project – Canada’s first elevated park – will be completed in 2019 when the bridge finally opens end to end. Learn more about the site’s history and vision, enjoy live music, and experience stunning night-sky views and views with high-powered telescopes.

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  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Enter at the intersection of King and Centre streets
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-859-7763
www.elevatedpark.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1930
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday October 5 – Saturday October 13, 2018
Saturday: from 10 a.m.; twilight concert at 7 p.m.; sky watching from 8 to 10 p.m.

St. Thomas Public Library Doors Open St. Thomas

St. Thomas Public Library

The St. Thomas Public Library opened on October 4, 1974 as a joint venture of the City of St. Thomas and Elgin County. The Toronto architectural firm Brook, Carruthers and Shaw developed the original design in the then-popular brutalist style. Come for a visit and explore the George Thorman Room – the repository for local history collections.

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

Contact info

153 Curtis Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-6050
http://stthomaspubliclibrary.ca

Architecture

Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

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

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre Doors Open St. Thomas

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre

The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre has been a part of the community for 50 years. It has the distinction of being a grade A-1 museum facility, and has amassed a collection of 1,700 works of art by local, regional, national and international artists. As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, they will be featuring special exhibitions and activities.

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

Contact info

301 Talbot Street
St. Thomas, Ontario
Telephone: 519-631-4040
www.stepac.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

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