A Doorway to the Past: Doors Open Weekend

Cornwall, ON – August 13 2017  — For all the history buffs, this is an event not to miss! On August 19th and 20th (Saturday and Sunday), Cornwall’s history will be celebrated with Doors Open. Doors Open is an Ontario wide event that allows access to fascinating cultural sites that are normally or not always available to the public.

You will have free access to historical sites within Cornwall and SDG. Some of these great locations are typically only available to the public during select times of the year, so be sure to attend Doors Open weekend for free access. Visitors can travel throughout the region, making stops at some significant historical sites featured on the maps and brochures that each location will have available.


Cornwall’s History

Cornwall was founded in 1784 by United Empire Loyalists and it is one of Ontario’s oldest settlements. Cornwall served as a garrison town as well as a communication and supply post during the War of 1812. The city was also home to the first Premier of Ontario, John Sandfield MacDonald.

Learn more about Cornwall’s history by visiting its many historical sites. Visitors will have free access during Doors Open hours. (Check below)


Cornwall’s Historical Sites

Aultsville Theatre — Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm

Take a backstage tour and get a behind-the-scenes look at bringing performances to life. The 680-seat non-profit professional theatre was built in 1976. Located at 2 St. Lawrence Drive, Cornwall, ON.

Cornwall Community Museum (Wood House) — Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm

Tour the 1840’s farmhouse and learn about the showcased artifacts from different time periods. Located at 160 Water St. West, Cornwall, ON.

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour — Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm

This is a 6-kilometre self-guided walking tour that showcases 30 plaques depicting events of Cornwall’s past. Meet at the Cornwall Community Museum located at 160 Water St. West, Cornwall, ON.

Cornwall Public Library — Saturday ONLY,11am-4pm

In 1995, the Cornwall Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1997, the library underwent a large transition when it moved into the former post office. Located at 45 Second St E, Cornwall, ON.

Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame — Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm

The Sports Hall of Fame was created to celebrate the heritage of sports in the community.  Some of the more well-known athletes include Newsy Lalonde, Cyril Denneny and Orval Tessier. Located at 100 Water Street East (Civic Complex), Cornwall, ON.

Historic SDG Jail — Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm

Tour the haunted historic jail and learn about its history. The jail was built in 1833 and remained operational until 2002. This is considered as one of the oldest public structure in Ontario. Located at 11 Water Street West, Cornwall, ON.


St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre — Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm

The Power Visitor Centre was built in 2010 and offers an interactive and educational experience on the St. Lawrence Seaway history. Located at 2500B Second Street West, Cornwall , ON.

For more information on Cornwall’s historical sites and Doors Open, visit here.

To donate or become a volunteer for Doors Open Ontario, visit here.

Written by Sophie Poirier

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