Doors Open Fergus – Elora has many activities planned for June 20

Centre Well­ington residents and visitors will again have an opportunity June 20 to explore during the annual Doors Open Fergus-Elora celebration of heri­tage, architecture, parks and culture.

The second annual event follows Fergus’ 175 birthday celebration.

This year will feature several public, com­mer­cial, private, and not for profit structures that are part of what shapes the fabric of the community’s past. Parks, plac­es of worship, fun, creativity, and recreation are part of the event featuring 15 sites.

All sites, will be guided or have volunteers on hand to show visitors all properties. Sites will be open from 10am to 4pm. Art Walk will run in Fergus for its second year and Elora is featuring its first such event.

Along with the down­town artistic displays, the Fer­gus curling club established in 1834 will be on display. It is one of the oldest continuously operated curling clubs in On­tario. It is celebrating its 175 anniversary with old memen­tos, curling stones, photo­graphs,  and banners.

Thomson Funeral Home in downtown Fergus was built as a residence in 1861 and con­verted to a funeral home in 1932. Mary Thomson, one of Ontario’s first funeral directors continued the family tradition until 1988. Historical signs, and an old fashioned horse drawn hearse will be a few of the sights to see there.

Two rural properties and a farmers market will be featured this year. The Elora Farmers market will be open featuring recipes, special taste treats, and local food fair on the banks of the Grand River.

The Well­ington County Museum will be a featured site again, this time focusing on the heritage farm­ing equipment, century barn and the annual Herb Fair held each year.

New to Doors Open, will be a contemporary farm built in 1984. The farm will have a special open house for the Paso Fino Horse, with horsemanship clinics, open stable and equine demonstrations through out the day.

Along with many of Fergus and Elora’s beautiful parks such as Victoria Park in Elora, the new BT Corners and Templin Gardens, enjoy a visit to Bel­syde Cemetery and participate in a self guided proposed cul­tural heritage neigh­bourhood in Elora. New to everyone, will be the newly re-opened Welling­ton County library’s Elora branch, newly restored and opening its doors again the day before Doors Open. 

The event might finish at 4pm but there is more. Parti­cipate in the inaugural Belsyde Cemetery Spirit Walk at twilight. At approximately 9:30pm join the guided re-en­act­ment tour featuring the spirits of many historically sig­nificant and colourful people with intriguing stories they want to share. The tour is free with a donation to the CT Scanner Fund for Groves Hospital Foundation.

A joint undertaking of Her­itage Centre Wellington, Well­ington County Museum and Ar­chives and Elora Fergus Tourism, Doors Open Fergus Elora is also part of Doors Open Ontario an Ontario Heritage Foundation province-wide initiative to celebrate com­munity heritage.