Parkwood Estates hosts winter hat show and tea

Step back in time at Parkwoods Estates to experience the home and artifacts of the late R.S. McLaughlin, Canadian auto baron and founder of General Motors of Canada. Inspired by early 20th-century Beaux-Arts design, the 15,000 square foot, 55-room mansion was built between 1915 and 1917. The art, architecture, gardens, landscaping and original furnishings are all faithfully preserved at the national historic site.

The perfect time for your next visit is at the historic winter hat and tea event. Curator Samantha George will take you on a journey through the history of the Parkwood hat collection, examining their local and societal significance through the decades. Bring a friend and enjoy some tea, homemade scones and jam in the sunroom and loggia following the interesting look at the past.

Parkwood is fortunate they have not had to source or collect artifacts. When the estate became a national historic site, the house was full of items that belonged to the McLaughlin family when they lived there. In order to properly preserve the artifacts and conserve the collections, architecture and heritage assets, preservation work is conducted by trained conservators. The hat show and tea helps fund the preservation through the Parkwood Foundation.

The event takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Parkwood, 270 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa. To purchase tickets ($30 + HST) visit or call Angie Vehof at 905-433-4311.

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