Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum

Tourism Region: Greater Toronto Area (North)

Featuring the time period circa 1850 to mid 1900s, this community museum has a geographical focus specifically on Whitchurch Township and Stouffville, with a broader focus on York Region. The site includes a Pioneer Log Cabin, Victorian Farmhouse, Barn, Vandorf Public School, Bogarttown Schoolhouse and heritage gardens. Interpretive tours are offered for schools and other groups by arrangement in advance. Various workshops for children and adults take place throughout the year. Annual events include the "Tree to Treat" Pancake and Ham Brunch, the Annual Antique & Classic Car Show (First Sunday after August Civic Holiday), Victorian Tea (Fourth Friday in November), and A Candlelight Christmas evening tour (First or Second Saturday in December).

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Location

Address: 
14732 Woodbine Avenue
Gormley (Municipality of Whitchurch-Stouffville in York Region), Ontario
L0H 1G0

Telephone: 905-727-8954
Fax: 905-727-1282

Mailing Address: 
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum
14732 Woodbine Avenue, Gormley, Ontario
L0H 1G0

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open: Summer: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day) Winter: Thursday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed: All statutory holidays plus the week between Christmas and New Year's.

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Regular Admission rates:

Adult: $5.50
Child (3-12 yrs): $4.00
Senior/ Student (with valid ID: $4.50
Family (up to 4 people): $15.50

Discounts: Seniors • Students

About Collections

The collection includes furniture, textiles, ceramics, silver, prints and maps, photos, textual items, farm implements, horse-drawn vehicles and tools related to 19th century trades as related to the historical development of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: approximately 13,000

Archives

Historic photographs, business and land registry documents, vital statistics, personal communication items, and published works as related to the historical development of Whitchurch-Stouffville and its residents.

Prints and Drawings • Photographs • Textual Records

Decorative Arts

Paintings, furniture, silver, china, hand crafted home furnishings, household textiles, jewellery, domestic implements from circa 1850 to mid 1900s.

Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery • Costumes • Furniture or Furnishings • Glass • Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork • Musical Instruments • Textiles or Tapestries

Fine Arts

Limited collection

Culture:
Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations

Period:
Historical
Other Period: 19th and 20th century Canadiana and folk art

Media:
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sketchbooks or Albums

Miscellaneous:
Folk Art • War Art • Religious Art

Other:
Folk art

Human History

Diverse collection reflecting the historical and economic growth and social development of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Agriculture • Animal Husbandry • Archaeological Objects • Ceremonial Objects • Chemistry • Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Currency • Electricity • Exploration and Survey • Forestry • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Imaging : Photographs • Industrial Technology and History • Local History • Medals • Memorabilia • Military History and Technology • Musical Instruments • Oral History • Sports Equipment • Stamps • Toys and Games • Transportation : Non-motorized ground : Railway

Natural Sciences

Very limited

Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Zooarchaeological Specimens

Services & Activities

Research Services

Access to our archives can be arranged by appointment. $10.00 fee applies. Photocopying and historic photograph reproduction services available.

Archival Records • Genealogical Research • Library

Educational Programs

Curriculum-based full and half day programs on site for school children. Outreach programs for schools and youth groups. Edu-kit rentals. Adult craft workshops. Lectures.

Classes or Workshops • Demonstrations • Discovery Room or Centre • Family Programs • School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)

Visitor Services

Guided tours of restored historic buildings. Gift shop.

Guided Tours : English • Meeting Room Rental • Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens • Parking Facilities : Free • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Wheelchair access • Washrooms • Children's Activities or Services : Playground : Nursing area or Change Table

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 75

Activities: Gardening, maintenance, cataloguing, data entry, greeting
visitors, food services, special events, delivery, program materials preparation, exhibit installation, heritage demonstrations.

Member Privileges

Semi-annual newsletter and membership card, free admission to the Museum, discounted admission to special events, 20% discount on adult and children's workshops or programs, 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum Gift Shop, free access to the Museum's Archives and Reference Library, invitations to "members only" events such as exhibit openings.

Food Services

Picnic Area • Reception Facilities

Internet Services

General InformationEventsEducationSchool Visits or ProgramsDirections or MapLocal History

Publications & Products

Annual Reports • Brochures • Educational kits • Newsletters



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