‘Doors Open Lambton’ hoping to see more unique heritage sites

2016 edition scheduled for mid-June; deadline for applications is March 18

Organizers of Lambton’s “Doors Open” are reaching out to owners of unique heritage sites to participate in this year’s event.

More than 13,000 visitors took advantage of the 2014 and 2012 versions in Lambton County, says Dana Thorne, steering committee chair.

This year’s event will be held June 11 and 12 and applications for sites are available online at www.doorsopenlambtoncounty.ca.

Visitors are able to visit rarely-explored heritage sites, including private homes, businesses, public buildings and natural spaces.

“Every year our most popular sites are residences,” said Thorne. “The public is always really curious to get inside someone’s great historical house and see what they’re like on the inside.”

Past “hits” on the Doors Open Lambton tours have included Nemo Hall in Petrolia and the Misener and Lougheed homes in Sarnia.

A home in Bright’s Grove (at the corner of Hamilton Road and Brigden Sideroad), a former grain silo that is now part of a residence, has also been featured in the past.

Site owners that take part in the event usually recruit volunteers to assist in welcoming guests.

“You’ll often have volunteers stationed throughout the house who will tell you about a particular room or to help direct the flow of traffic and keep an eye on the visitors,” said Thorne.

The cultural tours, which take place internationally as well as throughout Ontario, have become a cultural magnet for visitors, with some travelling through communities known to host the events.

Organizers of Lambton’s Doors Open event plan to have 45 sites open to the public for the two-day event, with a list of participating locations expected to be finalized at the end of March.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with information available on the website.

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