Doors Open Clarington is proud to feature sites in Bowmanville, Ontario for 2019. Take a look at the latest sites to be part of this year’s event. Locations are open from 10AM-4PM unless otherwise noted. Check back before Doors Open day, as more sites may be added as they are confirmed.
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B/A Station / Stapleton Auction House
Vintage 1950s British American service station; so recognizable by the B/A sign out front. This building replaced the earlier Burley (which was a well-known local bus company) garage from the early 1900’s. This property is one of the finest examples of the Art Deco styled B/A garage still in existence in Ontario. The Stapleton Auction Centre has occupied the property since 1980; it has also often used in movie shoots.
The house was built in 1886. Take a look at some magazines that were published from the 1890’s to the 1920’s that were found in the attic. There is original wood trim finishes with faux mahogany, original grates, doors. The barn is post and beam with pole roof support. Come find out which doctor we found that owned this house.
Grist Mill Auctions
Originally, in the early 1900s, it was the blacksmith shop of George Hancock. The building suffered two fires (1943, 1948), was rebuilt and flourishing since 1980 as part of the Stapleton Auction house. The 1948 re-construction used munitions buildings built in Ajax, ON during World War II. Today it features a rare vintage 1930’s Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine. Also was a Feed Mill before the 1970s.
Hilltop Farm has been in the Elliott family since the earliest days of the English settlers (c. 1834) in Port Granby. House and barn were built prior to1860, which was the heyday of the port. The local sawmill cut nearby softwoods to build the framing, floors and clapboard exterior. A hand-dug well below the kitchen penetrated the hard clay soil.
The Columnbarium unusually placed at the top of a hill with stones dating back to the mid-1800s, locally managed and maintained, is beautifully unique and worth a stop if for nothing more that the splendid lake view. The west property extension purchased in 1952 allowed for new generations along with their ancestors to choose this final resting place.
The Love Hotel
A Belleville to York stage coach stop; constructed 1856 using peg and post in both house and barn (the original stable). Original push button lighting, large baseboards, pine floors in the living room, and master bedroom previously the travellers’ parlor! New and old is beautifully blended. Learn what split lathe construction is and see repurposed use of original ceiling planks.
Making it’s second appearance in Doors Open Clarington, the granite obelisk was constructed in 1902 and dedicated to the memory of Captain P. K. Milligan. In April 1943, a collision damaged the monument. The original stone base was replaced with cement and was re-erected in Memorial Garden. In 1980 it was restored and is now maintained by Branch 178 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Municipality.
Making it’s second appearance in Doors Open Clarington, this hall was built as the Royal Templars Lodge in 1854. The Royal Templars was one of many temperance societies popular at the time. The monthly meetings of this social organization included plays, songs, readings and music. The building was restored in 1979 as the local community hall. Historical photographs of the village are on display here. Lunch Available for Purchase.
Newtonville School House SS#4
The first area school house was built in the 1840s but was closed in the 1850s according to the Clarke township minutes; it was moved because it was an obstruction and nuisance where it stood. At that time it moved to it’s current property and later used as a harness and shoe repair shop by the late George Hancock, a local business man, who moved it to the back of the lot in 1883.
The Old March Cottage
The original cottage is assumed to date back to 1850 when records show that a mortgage of ￡50 was taken out by Mr. March. The book “Heritage Homes of Clarke Township” describes the original moulding on the front door. A full basement and kitchen extension was added in the 1970s and a great room was added in the 1980s.
The Old March Hotel
The March Hotel, located on the historical site of the Port Granby Wharf, was built in 1857 by David March. The hotel originally housed a bar room, two sitting rooms, four bedrooms, and on the grounds were a six-horse stable and a large driving shed. George Elliot purchased the property and converted it to a private residence as it remains today.
Port Granby Legacy Waste Management Facility
The Port Granby legacy site is a remnant of Canada’s nuclear past. Through the Port Granby Project, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is safely transporting 450,000 cubic metres of historic low-level radioactive waste away from the Lake Ontario shoreline site for long-term storage in a newly engineered facility. The waste was deposited at the legacy site between 1955 and 1988 by the former Crown corporation, Eldorado Nuclear Limited. *Open 10AM – 2:30PM*
Skelding’s Texaco Gas Station
Established in 1956, it was open for 44 years. With time the town slowly lost its bustle, and even though the station closed, artifacts of the past remain. The pumps stand as monuments to earlier times. The Skelding family in Newtonville and the Leskard area have been well known since the early 1800s. The station still houses a local business; the property is the home of the original owners.
George Hancock (1845-1919) once owned this home, built in 1869, where he ran a harness business. The brick on the original building was supposedly reused from a fire in Newcastle. More recently enjoyed by several generations of the Stapleton family, the current owners moved in expanding the footprint and completely renovated the interior to create this unique and beautiful home.
Newtonville Village Tour
Villages of yesteryear were both diverse and self-sufficient. Pioneers who settled here like elsewhere were tenacious folk. Hear some of the local history and stories of this unique community while enjoying a Horse Drawn Wagon tour around the village of Newtonville. Find out about a tragic plane crash, interesting passers through, and the people who shaped its course.