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Hastings County

in-person event information

Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you’re walking from location to location on a lively downtown street or meandering along a backroad in search of a hidden gem, each one of Hastings County’s unique Doors Open locations are filled with wonder and discovery. 

Our land is known as a region rich with resources. Since time immemorial, First Nations traversed the rugged wilderness, following migratory patterns and the river systems. The communities speckled among our vast green spaces were settled by those, both brave and optimistic, who flocked to unearth its riches and carve out a home among the thick forests. Oral documentation narrates the Indigenous peoples who share valuable knowledge of how to survive and thrive in such a harsh environment. 

Hastings County is a patchwork of forests mixed with pastures, glades, rocky Canadian shield and winding waterways. These powerful and connecting waterways allowed for passage and progression long before the roads you will travel were built. They fueled the making and moving of raw goods and were the foundation of our community’s growth and sustainability. 

Hastings County is steeped in tradition and surrounded by Mother Nature’s bounty. Welcome to our wild.

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Land acknowledgment

Hastings County is situated on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Huron-Wendat, Anishnaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples. Hastings County Council acknowledges our shared obligation to respect, honour and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. We honour their cultures and celebrate their commitment to this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Mohawk and Algonquin nations whose traditional and unceded territory we gather on. Hastings County is situated on treaty land abounding in rich Indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.​

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Contact information

Bancroft Eagles Nest ParkDoors Open Hastings County

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Bancroft Eagles Nest Park

This popular local attraction features hiking trails and spectacular panoramic vistas. During Doors Open, visitors can explore a self-guided trail installation to learn about the Algonquin presence in Bancroft, as well as several ecosystems, or they could ask members of the Kijcho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation for their interpretation of the historical and natural significance of the area.

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

Contact info

79 Eagles Nest Park Road
Bancroft, Ontario
http://www.bancrofteaglesnestpark.com

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Bancroft Village PlayhouseDoors Open Hastings County

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Bancroft Village Playhouse

The Bancroft Village Playhouse is a beautiful 184 seat theatre that has been hosting plays, musicals and concerts since the early 1990s. Formerly the Bancroft Community Hall, this historical building was once the local jail, courthouse and library. Currently leased by the Tweed & Company Theatre, the venue is once more showcasing theatre, music and local arts-based community groups.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

5 Hastings Street South
Bancroft, Ontario
Email: info@tweedandcompany.com
https://bancroftvillageplayhouse.square.site

Architecture

Year built: 1921
Building type: Concert hall Theatre

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Hazzard's Corners ChurchDoors Open Hastings County

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Hazzard's Corners Church

This church, built in 1857, has been the centre of community life since it was constructed. While regular services ended in 1967, volunteers fought for its designation as a historical site. Now, on every Sunday in August, special Summer in a Country Church services fill the pews and the church is once again bursting with old-fashioned gospel music and fellowship.

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

Contact info

3080 Queensborough Road
Madoc, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1857
Building type: Cemetery Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Marmoraton MineDoors Open Hastings County

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Marmoraton Mine

Discover the history of this abandoned open-pit iron mine that once employed 300-plus men who, between 1955 and 1979, filled 30 to 35 railway cars with iron ore each day. Wonder at the natural beauty that has since replaced this once-industrial land, where rainfall has filled the deep pit to create a lake that has a unique turquoise hue.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Contact info

Marmora Mine Road
Marmora, Ontario
https://www.marmorahistory.ca/the-mighty-marmoraton-mine

Architecture

Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

North America's Smallest JailhouseDoors Open Hastings County

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North America's Smallest Jailhouse

Built in 1898, this jail measures only 4.8 metres by 6 metres (15.7 feet by 19.7 feet). It originally held three cells and a lobby area and operated for 50 years before closing due to a lack of local crime. Although today the jail is used as a visitor information centre, you can still get your picture taken behind bars!

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

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation AreaDoors Open Hastings County

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O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area

Where nature meets history! The O’Hara legacy began in 1789 when Patrick O'Hara arrived from Ireland and busied himself with starting a sawmill and creating a thriving homestead. Today, the O’Hara Mill Homestead is an opportunity to relive the day-to-day hardships and rewards of early pioneer life. Come and explore the restored original farmhouse, sawmill, carriage-house, shed and woodworking shop.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

Contact info

638 Mill Road
Madoc, Ontario
Email: jamesohara1880@gmail.com
https://www.oharamill.ca

Architecture

Year built: early 1900s
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Phillips House, TheDoors Open Hastings County

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Phillips House, The

The Phillips House, an example of the popular Gothic revival style, was built in the 1870s. It was owned by the Phillips family for nearly 70 years. The property once featured a water pump factory and stables. The door to the summer kitchen (now demolished) is still visible on the north side of the residence. Rarely open to the public.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

19 Barry Road
Queensborough, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Potter Settlement Artisan WineryDoors Open Hastings County

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Potter Settlement Artisan Winery

Originally a dairy farm, this site is now – six generations later – home to an international award-winning vineyard. When owner Sandor Johnson first planted grapes here, he was doubted by many. Now, after 20 years and many awards, he is the talk of the industry. On the edge of the Canadian Shield, their organic grapes are like nothing you’ve ever tasted.

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

Contact info

1445 Potter Settlement Road
Tweed, Ontario
Email: wines@pottersettlementwines.com
https://www.pottersettlementwines.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial Food and drink Farm

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Queensborough Guided Historical Walking TourDoors Open Hastings County

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Queensborough Guided Historical Walking Tour

Come and explore Queensborough with local guide Katherine Sedgwick as she takes you from location to location on this fascinating walking tour. Tours leave from the Thompson House and Mill and end at the Orange Hall, with stops along the way to peak through open doors and hear from respective site owners. Brought to you by the Queensborough Community Centre.

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

Contact info

Tours start at the Thompson House and Mill (14 Barry Road)
Queensborough, Ontario
https://www.facebook.com/QueensboroughCommunityCentre

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Queensborough Hotel, TheDoors Open Hastings County

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Queensborough Hotel, The

This rambling building began its life in the 1850s as Diamond's Hotel, warmly welcoming workers and travellers until 1919 when it changed hands and became McMurray's General Store. Current owners have reimagined the space as their private residence and have located their sitting room in the same spot as it would have been in the 1800s hotel. Peek inside only!

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

Contact info

1801 Queensborough Road
Queensborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1850s
Building type: Commercial Private residence

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Queensborough Loyal Orange Lodge HallDoors Open Hastings County

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Queensborough Loyal Orange Lodge Hall

Queensborough L.O.L. (Loyal Orange Lodge) Hall was built in 1862 and operated until the 1980s. In the mid-19th century, the members met "the first Tuesday before each full moon." With its restorations completed in 2019, it is the site of community dances once again. Come and explore this unique part of Hastings County’s history.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

24 King Street
Queensborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Concert hall Private residence

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Sager's General StoreDoors Open Hastings County

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Sager's General Store

Longtime residents fondly remember this building only as Bobbie's. Located in the heart of Queensborough and along the Black River, Sager's General Store was a staple in the community – selling food, hardware, tools, clothing, stationery, harnesses, gasoline and more. Roberta (Bobbie) Sager Ramsay bought it in the mid-1950s; her parents owned it before her since 1921. Peek inside only!

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

Contact info

1804 Queensborough Road
Queensborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Early 1900s
Building type: Commercial Private residence

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

St. Andrew's United ChurchDoors Open Hastings County

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St. Andrew's United Church

St. Andrew's United, built in 1890 as a Presbyterian church, amalgamated with local Methodists in 1921. At that time, the bell from the Methodist church was installed in the tower, where it is still rung to alert Queensborough that Sunday morning service is about to start. Of the four churches in Queensborough, this is the only one still in operation.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking

Contact info

812 Bosley Road
Queensborough, Ontario
https://www.facebook.com/standrewsqueensborough

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

St. Carthagh's Catholic ChurchDoors Open Hastings County

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St. Carthagh's Catholic Church

This magnificent church, designed to resemble a medieval abbey, was built with stone hauled from local quarries. The sandy soil required the walls to extend several metres below ground; there is as much stone underground as above! Note the ornately carved altar from Munich, which arrived on the last boat from Germany before the outbreak of the First World War.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

153 Hungerford Road
Tweed, Ontario
https://carthaghedmund.org

Architecture

Year built: 1887
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Stirling Festival TheatreDoors Open Hastings County

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Stirling Festival Theatre

Constructed in 1927, this building was a hub for social activities, ranging from Women’s Institute meetings to ballroom dances with full orchestras. It was even Stirling’s movie theatre from 1936-50. In 1984, when Stirling Council decided to demolish the site, a small group of dedicated residents came together to save the building. Today, the site is a thriving theatre.

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

Contact info

41 West Front Street
Stirling, Ontario
Email: boxoffice@stirlingfestivaltheatre.com
https://www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1927
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Stirling Train StationDoors Open Hastings County

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Stirling Train Station

The Stirling Train Station is a historical building that operated from 1879 to 1962. Since then, it has been renovated and restored by the Stirling Rotary Club. Upstairs, the station doubles as a tourist information centre and an antique shop in the summer. Downstairs, the Rotary Hall is a community asset that can be rented for parties, events or meetings.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

122 North Street
Stirling, Ontario
https://stirlingrotary.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1870s
Building type: Transportation
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Thompson House and MillDoors Open Hastings County

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Thompson House and Mill

Queensborough was established when Miles Riggs and his wife Hannah arrived here and built a sawmill and flour/feed mill. Lumber camps further north would send log drives down the Black River, helping the mill and the community to thrive. This handsome regency-style frame home was built in the early 1850s for Riggs’s family, which included 11 children. Peek inside only!

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

Contact info

14 Barry Road
Queensborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Mill built in the 1840s; house built in the 1850s
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Private residence

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Tweed and Area Heritage CentreDoors Open Hastings County

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Tweed and Area Heritage Centre

The Tweed and Area Heritage Centre wears many hats. Not only is it a museum with various collections including general store, railway and native heritage galleries, a vast archival collection with extensive genealogy resources, and a gallery promoting local artists, but it also is the local information and welcome centre for tourists and residents.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking

Contact info

40 Victoria Street North
Tweed, Ontario
Email: tweedheritageinfo@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/tweedandareaheritagecentre

Architecture

Building type: Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08

Tweed Painted Fire Hydrant Walking TourDoors Open Hastings County

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Tweed Painted Fire Hydrant Walking Tour

You won't find regular red fire hydrants in Tweed. Instead, theirs are splashed with colour and intricately illustrated – an expression of artistic culture and community ideals. What started in 1987 as part of Canada World Youth's Pakistan-Ontario Exchange Program has since become adopted by the community. Read more about this Hastings County phenomenon and follow this self-guided tour map.

  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start at River Street West or follow your own path
Tweed, Ontario

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Oct 08 - Oct 08