Stroll through the beautiful and aromatic gardens of this historic manor, built in 1906 by Edward Chandler Walker, son of the distiller Hiram Walker. Enjoy the visual pleasantry of the finely manicured and sculptured gardens spread over the 15.5 acres of this gated estate. During the Art in the Park event you will enjoy viewing over 275 artists and artisans from around Ontario, Quebec and the state of Michigan who have come to display and retail their wares. Over the last 30 years, Art in the Park has contributed over $1 million dollars for the restoration of Willistead Manor and its grounds. Take a moment to step back in time as you tour Willistead Manor
and marvel in its original beauty, décor and craftsmanship. Speak with one of the tour guides and enjoy stories from the Manor’s past.
Art in the Park History
Art in the Park was first organized in 1970 by the Windsor Art Gallery, who was at that time the occupant of Willistead Manor. The first event welcomed guests from all around Ontario including an unannounced guest: Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, W. Ross Macdonald. In 1978, the event was given to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) to continue this great annual tradition.
The event continues to grow and change to accomodate its visitors needs, as shown in 2007 when Willistead Manor was opened for the first time ever for free tours. The guests enjoyed a historic “walk through time”, as the original architectural plans of Willistead Manor were presented by the original architectural firm. Also showcased were historical photos of the Art in the Park event, Windsor, Walkerville and Hiram Walkers.
Join us again this year and experience this fantastic event that supports great local causes and charities!
PLEASE NOTE: For everyone's safety, pets are not allowed at Art in the Park. With the exclusion of guide dogs.