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Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

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Throughout July and August, the Friends of Willistead will be offering guided tours of historic Willistead Manor.

Willistead Manor, in the heart of Olde Walkerville, was built between 1904 and 1906 by Edward Chandler Walker, second son of Hiram Walker, and his wife Mary Elizabeth Griffin Walker. Mr. Walker called Willistead home until his death in 1915, and Mrs. Walker continued to live at the house until 1921.

The heirs and family of E.C. Walker then deeded the property to the town of Walkerville at which time it became home of the Walkerville Town Council and a library. Upon amalgamation of the Border Cities in 1935, the City of Windsor took over ownership. In the 1940s it also became the home of the Art Gallery of Windsor. It served as both library and gallery until 1979.

Now completely restored, the Manor is rented for occasions such as weddings, corporate meeting and private parties.

Summer tours will be offered every Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. Tours are $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and students and $2 for children.

To learn more about the Friends of Willistead, visit their website here.

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