Station Arts Centre

The Station Arts centre is located in two very picturesque railway stations, now next to one another (one was moved from several blocks away in 1994).

There are two art galleries: The Bridges St. Gallery features the work of the Bridge Street Artists. The Changing Exhibit Gallery features rotating exhibits that change once a month or so. There is also a gift shop with various unique items to be found.

As well, there is a Farmers Market that is held at this location on Saturdays from May to November.

The Station Arts Centre is also home to various clubs and organizations.

The Station Arts Centre is open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (on Saturdays from October to April, the centre closes at 2:00 pm). Admission is free and there is parking on site.

Annandale National Historic Site

Annandale House is a beautiful Victorian house (circa 1880s) that was the home of the first mayor of Tillsonburg (whose name, appropriately enough, was E. D. Tillson) and has been designated as a national historic site.
While the exterior doesn’t look too bad, it doesn’t do justice to the interior, which was been carefully restored. Annandale House represents the Victorian style of design called the “Aesthetic Art Movement”, a movement that encouraged the use of colour and decorative detailing in all parts of the house. In Annandale House, this movement is reflected in hand-painted ceilings, fancy inlaid floors, stained glass, and many other little features.

Annandale house is now a museum, with a newer addition serving as a tourist information centre. All three floors of the house can be toured; the rooms have been restored to the way they would have looked in the 1880s. The main gallery also features changing displays. Parking is available on site and there are picnic tables located on the grounds.

During the Christmas season (in 2011–12, November 25th, 2011 through January 11, 2012), all three floors of the museum are decorated for Christmas with decorations appropriate for the time period.

Admission rates are $4.50 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, $2 children, and $10 family. Hours of operation are 9:00 am–4:00 pm on weekdays, and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm on Sundays. Also open Saturday 12:00 pm–4:00 pm in July and August. Closed on most statutory holidays.

Coyle’s Country Store

This is a modern store will likely spark a bit of nostalgia. Coyle’s Country Store dates back to 1899 as a small store and plant in Kinglake. It moved to Tillsonburg in 1924. The current 25,000-square foot facility was opened in 1979.

A unique store in a beautiful country setting, there are a lot of interesting things to see at Coyle’s. They stock a large variety of flour, whole grains, fresh roasted nuts, and other baking and cooking supplies (including gluten free products). As well, their selection of quality gift items, many of them unique, makes them a great place to check out around Christmas.

Coyle’s Country Store is located at the corner of Airport Road and Highway 19 in Tillsonburg. Check their website for opening hours.