Amherst Island, Ontario


Jun 15 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Doors Open on Amherst Island

Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration that provides a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden and always interesting places and spaces in communities across Ontario – all free of charge!

Loyalist Township is excited to participate and host a Doors Open Event this June! Come and spend the day discovering some local history first-hand and celebrate our community’s heritage.

On Amherst Island Participating Sites are:


Neilson Store Museum & Cultural Centre

From 1883 until 1976, the Neilson Store served Amherst Islanders with all their basic necessities. After it closed in 1976, there were multiple changes in ownership until the building, newly renovated dock and grounds were sold to Loyalist Township to become the Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre. Come and learn more about the history of the store.

Featured Activity:  Stephen Bruce Medd, local singer/songwriter will be performing at the Museum from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Stephen is well known for his historical Folk ballads, many of which reference the history of Loyalist Township!

Dry Stone Walls

When Irish settlers migrated to Amherst Island, they brought a unique way of building walls: the technique is called dry-stacking. Using technical knowledge and skills, these Irish immigrants layered stones without the use of mortar. Instead, gravity is the glue that holds these stone walls together. The tradition of constructing and maintaining these walls has continued to this day.

Featured Activity: Learn about Amherst Island’s dry stone walls through an interactive exhibit at Topsy Farms during Doors Open on June 15!

Topsy Farms

Topsy Farms was purchased in 1972 and the owners formed a commune called the Headlands Community. Over time, they purchased machinery, hay, new fencing and farm animals. Today, it is a popular tourist destination offering hiking trails, farmyard activities, events, workshops and classes. Come and see the site for yourself. Also the demonstration site for Amherst Island’s Dry Stone Walls.

Featured Activity:  Topsy Farms invite you to explore their lush gardens, take a stroll on their Forest Walking Trail, meet the animals and learn about their unique history.

Learn more by visiting these and other sites around Loyalist Township on June 15!



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