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Oakville

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Digital Doors Open Oakville

Explore some traditional Doors Open Oakville sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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Merrick Thomas HouseDoors Open Oakville

Merrick Thomas House

Merrick Thomas House is a fine example of a settler’s house. This one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure – with the saltbox roofline typical of its period – is constructed of white pine logs squared into 12-inch-by-12-inch timbers on a fieldstone foundation. The Oakville Historical Society now operates the house as a museum. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this house through the video below, or check out their YouTube playlist for more content.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

144 Front Street
Oakville, Ontario
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
https://www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1829; moved to its present site in 1955
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Aug 13 - Aug 13

Oakville Historical Society OfficesDoors Open Oakville

Oakville Historical Society Offices

The offices of the Oakville Historical Society are located in the cottages on the north side of the Erchless Estate grounds. The great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm, had the cottages built in the 1950s. During Digital Doors Open, explore their new exhibit on the history of education and schools in the Oakville area through the video below, or discover more on their YouTube channel. You can also search their online photo database and explore their plaque database.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
https://www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 13 - Aug 13

Oakville Museum at the Erchless EstateDoors Open Oakville

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate

The Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms. It is now the setting for the community's museum. For Digital Doors Open, discover an extensive virtual tour that takes you inside each room of the property – don't miss the Underground Railroad exhibit upstairs! After your virtual tour, take in the video tour on YouTube below (led by the museum's very own Julian Kingston), which features some of the Town of Oakville's online collections – including hundreds of artifacts and historical photos of the town.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
https://www.oakville.ca/museum/

Architecture

Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Building type: Attraction Museum
Architect: R.K. Chisholm

Dates/hours open

May 01 - Mar 31