'Doors Open' coming to town May 28

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Doors Open Oxford – Tillsonburg is coming to town on Saturday, May 28.

"There are six unique tour locations in Tillsonburg that are going to be open for people to tour – free of charge," said Patricia Phelps, Culture and Heritage Manager/Curator at Annandale National Historical Site.

These are doors that normally would not be open, she said.

Annandale National Historic Site will be open, but on May 28th, they will be opening the museum's compact storage collection room, located in the basement.

"Normally it's off limits to the public," she noted.

The Otter Valley Playhouse on Potters Road is on the tour, and they will be opening the 'green room,' with the prop, makeup and costume departments open for viewing.

"You can also be able to get up on the stage," said Phelps.

The Tillsonburg Odds Fellow Hall (IOOF) on Broadway, located on the second floor, 97 Broadway, will open.

"So if you've always wanted to see where the Odd Fellows meet," said Phelps, noting there is no elevator.

"The Odd Fellows actually formed here in 1868 and they are the second oldest organization in Tillsonburg."

The Heath's Apartment Building, above Coffee Culture, will be open for viewing.

"It was the old Heath's store," said Phelps.

"They made them really swanky," she smiled.

The Station Arts Centre is also on the tour, opening their pottery studio.

As well as the Pioneer Graveyard, on Cedar Street, which will have re-enactors on site to tell their stories. (They won't be opening graves).

"This is all happening on Saturday, May 28th from 10-5, although the graveyard and the Station are open 10-4. There is a brochure with a map available at the Museum, and at the Station Arts Centre. On the day of, there will be someone at each location."

The theme of Doors Open Oxford – Tillsonburg is the same as the town's new brand – connected, enriched, inspired. 

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