Join ACO London and the London & Middlesex Historical Society for a scenic guided day tour to Norfolk county's hamlet of Vittoria, former capital of the London District of Upper Canada, and the nearby Backus Heritage Village.
We’ll spend the morning in historic Vittoria, including a visit to the site of the “Great Courthouse Fire” of 1825, an event which led to the establishment of London as the site for a new district courthouse. Our walking tour of Vittoria's heritage buildings will also feature a visit to the historic Regency-style wood-timbered Christ Church, built in 1844 and still an active community hub.
Lunch will be at The Catherwood and the Kiln restaurant, located in a restored heritage inn.
In the afternoon a short bus ride will take us to the 1798 Backus Mill National Historic Site where we’ll tour the Museum building and visit the old red mill to see how stone ground flour was produced more than 200 years ago. The Backus family homestead and outbuildings, original to the site, will be open as well as the nearby Heritage Village, a collection of 15 historic buildings including a quaint country church and a rare octagonal schoolhouse.
Tickets include highway coach transportation, admission to all sites, and lunch at The Catherwood and the Kiln.
Bus departs from the parking lot behind London's Old Courthouse (enter at 50 King Street) at 8:00am with a second pickup at the LTC bus stop at 110 Cherryhill Circle (near Cherryhill Mall) at 8:15am. Please select your preferred pick-up location when registering for tickets.
Tour runs rain or shine. Deadline to purchase is Sept. 20. There will be a waiting list if tickets sell out.
Tickets also available by cheque payable to ‘ACO London’ & mailed to:
ACO Bus Tour
c/o Grosvenor Lodge
1017 Western Road
London, ON N6G 1G5
Proudly presented by the Architectural Conservancy Ontario - London Region and the London & Middlesex Historical Society.