In 2015, the Ontario Heritage Trust is adopting the theme of Play. Endure. Inspire. Ontario’s Sports Heritage.
Through Doors Open Ontario, visitors will learn about the people, places and events that have been influential to the history of competitive sport in Ontario, while celebrating the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
On Saturday May 23th and Sunday May 24th, 2015, the Brockville – Thousand Islands area will host this annual heritage program.
You are invited to step through the doors and discover some of our community’s most compelling sites. Museums, churches, gardens, mansions and other fascinating venues will be open to the public –for free! For some sites Doors Open presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit sites that are otherwise closed to the public.
This year there will be thirty-five sites in Athens, Brockville, Delta, Escott, Lyndhurst, Rockport, Lyn, Mallorytown, Maitland, and Prescott open with free admission from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. (There are some exceptions on Sunday). Each site will offer guided or self-guided tours. Volunteers will be available at each location to assist visitors with information and to answer questions.
Many of our most popular sites are open again this year such as Brockville Rifles Armouries, Brockville Court House, Fulford Place, Brockville Museum, Fort Wellington, Springfield House, Delta Mill, Homewood Museum and Maitland Garden of Hope. We are pleased to announce new spots to visit: Loyalist Farm House and Roosburg Farms Inc. in Athens, and the Centre for Rational and Cognitive Therapies, The King Orchard Inn, and St. John’s United Church in Brockville. Whether you live in the area or are visiting for the weekend, you will find many unusual features behind the open doors.
Some examples of planned activities include:
- The chance to try “curling on grass” at the Brockville Lawn Bowling Club
- A new WW1 nurses exhibit at the Mallory Coach House, Mallorytown
- South Grenville Guild of Fine Arts show and sale at Dewar’s Inn, Prescott
- Plant sale and light refreshments at St. Lawrence Anglican Church, Brockville
- 20 themed gardens at the Maitland Garden of Hope
- 3 tours a day at Burnbrae Farms – a family-owned egg farm since 1893
- “Spring Thing” family celebrations at Springfield House, Escott
- Tour of Camp Hyanto, Lyndhurst
- Artisans at work at the Heritage Place Museum, Lyn.
- Viewing Canada’s oldest underground railway tunnel, Brockville
- Modern Dairy facility at Roosburg Farms
- The “Heroine of Charleston Lake “at Athens and Area Heritage Museum
- A choir practice and organ recital at 10 am at First Baptist Church, Brockville
- A display of photos of the Fulfords participating in sport at Fulford Place
- Barbeque lunch at the Brockville Public Library
- Tours by students of the Fulford Academy
- Celebrate St. John’s United Church 180th anniversary
- Watch a blacksmith at work and have a Ploughman’s lunch at the Delta Mill
- Live music and artisan demonstrations at the Church of the Redeemer, Rockport
- “Behind the scenes” tour of the archives of the Brockville Museum
- Artist Michael O’Connor showing his paintings at the Long Point School House
Have a look through the Doors Open 2015 brochure for the locations you want to visit on either day. The brochure also indicates accessibility, parking and other amenities such as refreshment stops.
There will be doors open 2015 brochures available at all the sites or you can pick them up ahead of time at the Brockville and District Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West. ( 613-342-4357 or 1-888-251-7676). Also check the website for Doors Open Ontario for each site listing.