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Free admission to all Niagara history sites for 'Doors Open Niagara' weekend

by jmaloni

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Wed, Oct 9th 2013 07:35 am
 The circa-1823 Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, a Niagara History Center site, is featured in `Doors Open Niagara.` It is located at 143 Ontario St., Lockport.
The circa-1823 Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, a Niagara History Center site, is featured in "Doors Open Niagara." It is located at 143 Ontario St., Lockport.

The Niagara History Center's three Lockport sites will welcome visitors on "Doors Open Niagara" weekend, offering free admission Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-20, during each site's hours.

The History Center headquarters site, including five buildings, will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Buildings include the Outwater House (Victorian home, Civil War and historic toy exhibits), Pioneer and Transportation Building (Iroquois culture, Erie Canal, General Motors and Pioneer Cabin exhibits), Kandt House (Lockport business and manufacturing and Fitz-Gerald Family Medical Practice exhibits) and the Washington Hunt Law Office. These buildings are located at 215-229 Niagara St.

The Erie Canal Discovery Center and Charles Rand Penney Gallery, 24 Church St., will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Visitors can take a virtual canal ride and also experience the life of canal-era travelers, workers and area residents through interactive, multimedia exhibits.

The Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St., will be open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The circa-1823 Bond/Hawley House is the oldest brick house in Lockport. Built by Col. William Bond, it was then owned by Erie Canal advocate Jesse Hawley, whose early writings inspired Gov. DeWitt Clinton to build the canal. It is restored and fully furnished as a family home in the period of 1825-50.

The annual "Doors Open" weekend originated in Canada in the mid-1980s and has become a binational event. Towns and villages in both Canada and the U.S. open their heritage properties for all to see, free of charge, encouraging the public to visit and explore.

Find more information about "Doors Open Niagara" by visiting www.doorsopenniagara.com/.

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