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Doors Open: St. Thomas

13 October 2018

Time: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, St. Thomas has come a long way since it was settled in 1810. Named after Thomas Talbot, who helped promote the development of this region during the early 19th century, the city was named the seat of the new Elgin County in 1844 and was incorporated as a village in 1852, as a town in 1861 and as a city in 1881.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, several railways were constructed through the city. Located exactly halfway between Detroit and Buffalo, St. Thomas became an important railway junction. By 1914, there were eight different railways operating in St. Thomas, with over 100 trains a day passing through the city, earning it the title of the Railway Capital of Canada, which is still celebrated today in the revitalization of the CASO Station and the Elgin County Railway Museum.

From the peak of the railroad days to modern times, St. Thomas has been at the intersection of history and innovation. During Doors Open St. Thomas, experience Victorian heritage and modern culture where they meet: in the Railroad City. Admission is FREE for visitors at all participating sites.


519-631-1680, ext. 4132