Historic and cultural sites on display during annual Doors Open event

September 05, 2012

Doors Open

A series of historic and cultural sites in Cornwall and S, D & G will be opening their doors to all during the annual Doors Open event on September 8th and 9th.

“As one of the oldest parts of Ontario, Cornwall and the Counties has a tremendous amount of history and heritage,” said Linda Wilson, Executive Director of Cornwall and the Counties Tourism. “Doors Open serves to celebrate our heritage and culture by giving residents a unique chance to look into our past. Best of all, it’s free!”

A total of 21 locations in Cornwall and S, D & G will be participating in the two-day event, and many of the sites have special events and activities planned in conjunction with Doors Open.

“Some of the participating sites aren’t normally open to the general public,” adds Mrs. Wilson.

The event is sponsored by Cornwall and the Counties Tourism, Ontario Power Generation, Heritage Cornwall, TV COGECO and Seaway News. Doors Open location maps are available at the Cornwall and the Counties Tourism office (the Historic Cornwall Jail, 11 Water Street West at the corner of Pitt and Water Streets) and additional information can also be found on the Doors Open website

Participating Doors Open sites include:

Aultsville Train Station
County Road #2, Morrisburg
Sat. Sept. 8th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Constructed between 1866 and 1889 for the Grand Trunk Railway Company, the station was originally located in the Lost Village of Aultsville. Inside the station, visitors will find a ticket office and a collection of train memorabilia. Also on site is a locomotive, passenger coach and baggage and refrigeration car.

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre
2500 Second Street West, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is located on the
north bank of the St. Lawrence River, just east of the Robert H. Saunders Generating Station, in the west end of Cornwall, Ontario.

Cornwall Community Museum
160 Water Street West (Lamoureux Park), Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Your visit will include a 1900 kitchen filled with Cornwall’s famous Flack and Van Arsdale crocks; a study
circa 1910; a 1950’s Seaway Era dining room with Beach furniture; the Loyalist parlour; Special Chalet
Glass Exhibit

Historic Cornwall Jail
11 Water Street West, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sun Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The jail closed in 2002 in favour of newer facilities in major cities, but the exercise yard, visitation area, common areas and cell blocks have been maintained. Step into a cell to experience life behind bars. Learn about the history and prison life.

United Counties of S,D & G Administration Building
20 Pitt Street, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
This historic building houses the administrative offices of the United Counties of S.D.&G. The stone structure was once the site of the county courthouse, gaol and gallows. Other features include the refurbished council chambers, preserved architectural features and a display about past wardens.

Cornwall Downtown & Le Village History & Heritage Tours
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Stroll through these Shopping Districts on a self-guided tour and view outdoor historical murals, unique architecture and learn the stories of the settlement of the City of Cornwall. Pick up a self-guided tour brochure at Cornwall and the Counties Tourism, 11 Water Street West, Cornwall

Church of the Good Shepherd
506 First Street East, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The old wooden church was built by Rev. Cannon Joseph J. Mountain in1886. After a short move, and an alternate interior layout, this church is the only parish church in Canada to be arranged as a cathedral.

Central Public School
200 Amelia St., Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th - 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm
Central Public School has played a key role in the education of generations of Cornwall residents. The first building was constructed in 1817. Within the past few years the school has been completely torn down and rebuilt. Come visit this gorgeous facility show casing the original grand entrance.

Trinity Anglican Church - Cornwall
105 Second Street West, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Trinity Anglican Church, the oldest Parish in the Anglican Diocese, dates back to 1784, when it was
founded by the United Empire Loyalists. Built in 1868, the current structure is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, and is surrounded by its original Loyalistera cemetary. Three organ recitals by Organist Brian Hubelit.

517 Pitt Street, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Welcome to community television – a unique and exciting way of communicating with your fellow citizens. COGECO provides a dedicated Community Channel, staff and training for the production of non-commercial programming relevant to community needs and interests.

Généalogie et Archives Saint-Laurent
124 Anthony St, Cornwall
Sat. Sept. 8th – 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th – 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Books, cds, & internet access to look into family roots. A historical room to learn about local and general history. Also, deeds, land transfer act and will dates prior to 1940 from the surrounding area.

Salem United Church
19041 County Road #2, Summerstown
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Service at 9 am)
Salem Church is one of the first congregations established in Glengarry by Rev. John Bethune in 1787 and has served the community for 222 years. Visitors are welcomed to the intimate sanctuary to participate in Sunday Service.

South Lancaster Walking Tour
Sat. Sept. 8th – 10 am to 4 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th – 10 am to 4 pm
Begins at the Wharf in South Lancaster

St. Raphaels Ruins
County Road #18, North of Williamstown
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
In 1970 a fire consumed the church of St. Raphaels leaving only bare stone walls. Explore the ruins of this church built in 1821, cemetery stones and the old bell.

Sir John Johnson Manor House
19692 William Street, Williamstown
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
One of the oldest homes in Ontario. This five-bay Georgian-style log house was constructed for Sir John
Johnson between 1784 and 1792. With its associated grist and saw mills, the house became a focus for the community of United Empire Loyalists and the fur traders of the North’west Company.

Bethune Thompson House
19730 John Street, Williamstown
Sat. Sept. 8th 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
This house encompasses the original 1784 “poteaux sur sol” cabin of loyalist Peter Ferguson, as well as the 1804 house of Rev. John Bethune (the first Presbyterian minister in Upper Canada) and David Thompson (one of Canada’s earliest mapmakers).

Nor’westers & Loyalist Museum
19651 John Street, Williamstown
Sat. Sept. 8th – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The museum comprehensively depicts the story of Sir John Johnson and Loyalist followers who settled here during the American Revolution in 1784. “The Old School” Exhibit to be unveiled.

St. Andrews United Church
5793 Church Street, Williamstown
Sat. Sept. 8th, 2010 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th, 2010 - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday Service 9:30 am to 10:30 am
St. Andrew’s was founded as a Presbyterian Church in 1787 by Reverend John Bethune a Loyalist Chaplain. The present church building was started in the fall of 1812 and built in the neo-classic style. Work, slowed by the war, was finally completed in 1818. The present interior of the church dates from 1882.

Raisin River Heritage Centre
County Road 18, St. Andrews West
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Heritage Centre is the “hub” for historical information for the village of St. Andrews. Walk around this small community and visit the church and parish hall, the log church replica, the pioneer graveyard. Interpreters on site.

Martintown Grist Mill
Dundas Street (just east of bridge), Martintown
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Martintown Mill was built in 1846 by Alexander McMartin. It served the community until 1947. The
old mill was near collapse but has been successfully stabilized.

Cannamore Orchard Farm Museum
1480 County Road #32, between Morewood & Crysler
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10 am to 5 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10 am to 5 pm
Cannamore Orchard has created an exhibition of materials related to apples, strawberries, maple sugar,
tapping and honey production. Artifacts show tools used over the last century. Agriculture display free this weekend. Interpreters on site.

Lost Villages Museum
County Road #2, Long Sault
Sat. Sept. 8th - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun. Sept. 9th - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Museum is a collection of 11 heritage buildings with displays depicting and telling the story of the
great Hydro & Seaway projects of the 1950s. Former residents of the actual lost villages will be on site with many personal memories.


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