Doors Open Ottawa
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: Admission is free
Five generations of the Bell family called this property home. While the current house is a classic example of 19th century Gothic Revival style, the original structure was built in the Georgian style that is more typically associated with farmhouses and was destroyed in the Carleton County fires of 1870. The home’s evolving built heritage is also evident in some of the more modern touches including the mid-1960s ‘funky kitchen’. Visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the house with an emphasis on the architectural details of the site.
The Bell Family’s “Last Stand” - Interactive experience with Live History
Saturday, July 6
Time: Morning 10 am / Afternoon 2 pm / Evening 7 pm (run time is 1.5 hours)
Age: 16 and up
Cost: $21.75 per person
Language: English-language performance
Tickets: Please use the barcodes below to register using Service Ottawa’s online system. If you do not already have a family account, please create one before registering.
Adult (16+) – Morning 1510392
Adult (16+) – Afternoon 1510393
Adult (16+) – Evening 1510394
The time has come; all things must end. Fairfields has been in the possession of the Bell family for generations but it’s in danger of slipping through their fingers…unless you can help save it.
Join Mary Bell and her loyal servant in the Last Stand; a high stakes adventure. The Last Stand brings history to life and leads audiences on a journey back to a time. John Scott Sullivan Jr. has arrived along with the audience for a final tour of the house. He is determined that his father has a rightful claim to the land and refuses to leave without a fight. The audience will experience love, loss, and honour as they experience Fairfields through the one set of eyes that has seen all in this home.
If you are successful in finding the land deed in time, you may be able to help save the house. If not, this will truly become the Bell family’s “Last Stand”.
Live History is Governor General’s Award nominated theatre group that specializes in bringing local history to life.
Light refreshments will be available following the show.
Note: Please arrive 15 minutes before your show’s start time. There will be no further admittance after the show begins. The show will move guests throughout the house and includes stairs. If you have questions regarding accessibility, please contact 613-762-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: August 7 to August 30 from 9:30 am to 12 pm
Age: 6 to 9
Cost: $6.65 per child
Engage with local history in a fun and unique way! Each program will explore a different theme through hands-on activities and crafts.
Advance registration is strongly recommended to reserve your child’s place and to ensure enough participants for the program to run. If registration is not full on the program date, drop-in participants are welcome. Please contact Nepean Museum (613-580-9638) to confirm if space is available.
Please use the barcode provided to register using Service Ottawa’s online registration system. If you do not have an family account, please create one before registering.
August 7 – Greenthumb Gardener
August 8 – Kidstruction
August 9 – Life on the Home Front
August 14 – Little Lawyers
August 15 – Museum Chefs
August 16 – Behind the Badge (Police and Nepean)
August 21 – The Clothes We Wear
August 22 – Telling Stories and Traditions
August 23 – Constructing the Rideau Canal
August 28 – Toys and Games from Past to Present
August 29 – Rock On Nepean! Rocks, Minerals and Layers of the Earth
August 30 – Listen, Dance, and Play