The Freeman Station, now owned by the City of Burlington, is the only building in the city whose historical and architectural significance has been recognized not only locally, but also provincially, by the Ontario Ministry of Culture, and nationally, by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
This is Burlington’s only surviving Grand Trunk Railway station, following the loss of the Aldershot GTR station. Now familiarly called “the Freeman Station”, after the hamlet in which it was built, it was formerly signed the “Burlington Junction” or “Burlington West” Station.
It is the mandate of the Friends of the Freeman Station group to…
- Secure a location for the Freeman Station.
- Restore the station and oversee its ongoing preservation, including seeking official heritage designation.
- Work with local community organizations and individuals to secure compatible community uses for the station, including but not limited to display of community artifacts (particularly train memorabilia); meeting space for community non-profit groups; and other uses deemed suitable and compatible by the Friends of Freeman Station board.
- Seek opportunities to educate residents, especially school children, about Burlington’s early rail history through displays and events at the station.
- Engage in fundraising activities to secure goods, services and funds for the ongoing restoration, use and upkeep of the Freeman Station.
- The Friends of Freeman Station shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or gains to the organization shall be used in promoting its objectives.