Ontario Heritage Trust museums open for the summer

TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - This summer, visit Ontario Heritage Trust museums to learn more about Ontario's history. Through the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary people from our past, these sites bring Ontario's story to life.

The opening dates for this season are:

Niagara Apothecary, Niagara-on-the-Lake - May 11 to September 2
See how pharmacists practised their profession 150 years ago, with rows of patent medicines and "miracle cure-alls" for everything from hair loss to tuberculosis. Also open weekends from Labour Day to Thanksgiving. Operated by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site, Dresden - May 18 to October 25
Discover Josiah Henson, an abolitionist minister who escaped slavery and overcame unbelievable odds to find freedom in Canada. The annual Emancipation Day celebration - a highlight of the season - is on Saturday, August 3.

Fulford Place Tea Room, Brockville - May 25 to September 1
Come for tea at this opulent mansion overlooking the St. Lawrence River and see how a millionaire entrepreneur and his family lived in the early 1900s. The seasonal tea room offers treats and refreshments; the museum is open year-round.

Homewood Museum, Maitland (near Brockville) - June 15 to September 1
Explore one of the oldest houses in Ontario where generations of the Jones family lived, including a descendant who developed an internationally renowned variety of apple. Bring the children for the annual Family Day celebration on Sunday, July 28.

Inge-Va, Perth - June 15 to September 1
Learn about the compelling saga of the Radenhurst family and the early 19th-century home that tells their fascinating story through the archaeological artifacts found on the property.

Mather-Walls House, Kenora - June 24 to August 24
Discover the house built by John Mather, an enterprising businessman who formed the Keewatin Lumbering and Manufacturing Company in the late 1800s. It was one of three nearly identical houses built for his employees. Operated by the Lake of the Woods Historical Society.

Macdonell-Williamson House, Chute-à-Blondeau - July 6 to August 25
Visit the former home of John Macdonell, a fur trader with the North West Company in the early 1800s who sponsored construction of the first steamboat on the Ottawa River. The site is managed by the Friends of Macdonell-Williamson House/Les Amis de la maison Macdonell-Williamson.

The Ontario Heritage Trust also owns the following museums and historic sites, which offer tours and special programming year-round:

  • Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto
  • Parliament interpretive centre in Toronto
  • The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre in Toronto
  • Sir Harry Oakes Chateau (Museum of Northern History) in Kirkland Lake, operated by the City of Kirkland Lake

Find out the hours, admission rates and location of these Ontario Heritage Trust museums.

The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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SOURCE: Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information:

For information about the Ontario Heritage Trust's museums, contact Catrina Colme at 416-325-5074 or catrina.colme@heritagetrust.on.ca.


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