Help Needed


 Hello Friends.

 It has been a great first summer season at Freeman. Now we need help tidying up, getting the Station ready for the winter.   Hopefully you will be able to spare some time on one or more of the following days to help out.  

 September 18,   Wednesday   9am to Noon       Moving the compound

September 21,  Saturday         9am to Noon       Scrape & Paint Outside Trim

September 23,   Monday           9am to Noon       Winterizing the Station

September 25,   Wednesday    9am to Noon       Winterizing the Station

September 30,   Monday           9am to Noon       Winterizing the Station

October 2,       Wednesday        9am to Noon       Winterizing the Station

 Just come on down to the Station in your working clothes and we will set you onto to the tasks required.


Open House Schedule for Freeman Station Summer 2019 (Updated Sept. 17/19)

Open House Days:

Sept. 21                                         10-3
Sept. 28   Doors Open         10-4   The Poacher Ukulele Band 12:00 – 1:00pm                                                                                                                      Hayley Vallee 1:00pm – 1:40pm

Oct. 6                                             10-4   The Top Hat Marching Band 1:30pm – 2:30pm 

See the Railway Diorama downstairs (G-gauge model railway layout). On the main floor – restored waiting room, Station Master’s office and more. Lots of railway memorabilia to see and buy. Outside stuff too!

Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. Become a member!
Parking on site, main floor wheelchair accessible with washroom facilities.
We are located on Fairview Street east of Maple Avenue or west of Brant Street, beside the Burlington Fire Station.

Any questions email us at .

Updates will be posted here.  We look forward to seeing you!


Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Freeman Station-October 9, 2019

Friends of Freeman Station

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of Directors

Date: October 09, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Freeman Station 1285 Fairview St Burlington

1. To receive reports of President, Treasurer & Chairpersons
2. To elect or re-elect Directors whose term has expired for an additional 2 year term.
3. To elect directors proposed by the Nominating Committee, and to accept nominations from the floor for additional names to be considered for Directors providing conditions of Bylaw # 1 are met.
4. To conduct other business that may properly come before the meeting.
5. Appointment of Audit Committee for fiscal year 2019/2020.

In order to vote or stand for election you must be a paid up member in good standing of The Friends of Freeman Station.

David Vollick – Secretary, Friends of Freeman Station.

Notice issued August 23, 2019


Couple of Sponsoring Ideas to Consider.

Sponsor a BENCH $500.00

Sponsor A Large PLANTER $250.00

Each of these will bear a stainless steel plate with a commemorative inscription…
…And they will all add much needed funds for the continuing restoration of Burlington’s historic Freeman Station. Just mail a cheque to Friends of Freeman Station, PO Box 91536, Roseland Plaza, Burlington. ON, L7R 4L6; or click on the “Donate” link in the header.



Volunteers needed! Please consider helping…

To date, more than 8,000 hours of volunteer labour have gone into the project, and more than $ 700,000 in cash and corporate/ private donations and pledges has been raised. On the Station’s Lower Level, we’re planning to install a computer-driven, museum-quality interactive diorama depicting life in the hamlet of Freeman, which is now part of Burlington, in the early Twentieth Century.

We’re looking for volunteers to join the building restoration project and/or the diorama construction project. Depending on your interests, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in this historic legacy.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Curriculum development- writing teacher material for class visits

  • Bricklaying and carpentry

  • Accounting – simple, spread sheet, income & expenditures

  • Photography – amateur (digital!)

  • Computer – correspondence, spreadsheet data input and management

  • Web site – assistant Web master using WordPress (we’ll teach you)

  • Email database – adding/editing contact information

  • Gardening – grounds maintenance, flower beds, mowing, weeding

  • Community relations – arranging and staffing public appearance events

  • Publicity – news stories and media relations

  • Model railroading – garden scale design, layout, and operation

  • Steam boiler certification – live steam locomotive operation

  • Videography – video documentation and editing

  • Artistry – scene and mural painting

  • Docents – volunteer staffing to receive and brief the public

  • Artifact management – logging, documenting, photographing, data entry

To any extent that you can help, please email us — — and let us know your interest.


“Families of Freeman” section now up on the Web site

We’ve been working with local families to capture their stories  about life in the village of Freeman and early Burlington.  The first of these are now published under the “Families of Freeman/Stories” link above (or click here) and include “A.D. McMillan, Fruit and Vegetable Grower,” “Memories of Freeman,” “The Freeman Family and the village of Freeman,” “The Smith Family (Smith’s Funeral Home),” and the life story of “Theo Bullock.”  There are many more family histories and anecdotes which could be added to this collection, and we’d very much like to hear from you, to add your family’s memories.  Just drop us a note to and we’ll work out the details.


The Whinstones have now been re-installed…

Christmas came early to the Station, as the masons from Thorstone — including Joel Thorstone and his staff — Colin, Mark and Mitchell — have now completed the work of re-installing the Whinstone facade across the front of the Station.  Work proceeded notwithstanding the cold weather and they finished in five days.  Beautiful job, guys.  We are thrilled to see the result!


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Joel Thorstone and crew on a well-deserved coffee break

We love a parade…

…so here we are again, Friends of Freeman Station volunteers in the 2016 Burlington Santa Claus Parade.  Nice day, mild temperatures, no rain.  What more could the intrepid volunteer parade participant ask for?  Well, a reliable ride, what else?  And a good time was had by all…

(Intrepid photos:  Bob Miller)


Video by Kevin Davies; photography by Bob Chambers, Bob Miller, Nikki Wesley, John Mellow, Joel Waterman, Denny Williams, Alan Harrington, Al Pettman and others (by permission)