[1- Old Mill]
A visit to Black Creek Pioneer Village is a step back in time to 19th-century Ontario.
[2-Inside of Robins Mill]
Forty authentically restored homes, workshops, public buildings and farms recreate the atmosphere of life in a rural Victorian community of the 1860s.
Craftspeople and workers wearing period costumes demonstrate skills such as open-hearth cooking, bread-making, looming, milling, blacksmithing, sewing, printing and more.
[5-Pot belly heater]
Walk through the village and into the homes and buildings, visit the inn, and stroll through farms and forests.
The Hands on History Centre lets kids try their hand at traditional trades and pioneer survival skills like building a log cabin or weaving cloth. During the holiday season in November and December, the village offers many special events to celebrate Christmas as it was 130 years ago.
[8-Geese can take on the role of excellent watchdogs as they are territorial]
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a historic site in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, just west of York University and southeast of the Jane and Steeles intersection. It overlooks Black Creek, a tributary of the Humber River.
The village is a recreation of life in 19th-century Ontario and gives an idea how rural Ontario might have looked in the early-to-mid 1800s.
[10 -Water barrel wagon and outhouse/privy]
The "pioneer" village consists of over forty historic 19th century buildings, decorated in the style of the 1860s with period furnishings.
[11- Orchard with goats]
Besides the Historical Interpreters and Craftspeople housed in the restored buildings, the site also features historical reenactments and visiting artisans.
Buildings include period houses, the original Stong Family farm buildings, a water-powered grist mill, a general store, a blacksmith's shop along with over 10 other trades buildings, a hotel, a church, and a one-room schoolhouse.
[13- Swallow's nest: excellent to have near a barn or stable as they eat thousands of mosquitos, flies and other nasty insects]
A core of buildings built by the Stong family are on their original sites, while others have been moved in from across Southern Ontario.
The majority of the buildings were moved from their original sites (notably the large Halfway House and Mennonite Meeting House), and some re-built on their current locations.
[16-Asters and Sumac]
The village is a regular destination for field trips by schoolchildren from the Greater Toronto Area.
[17- Spinning Wheel]
It is operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
My Town Monday is the brainchild of Travis Erwin, whose link can be found on the sidebar under MTM. By going to his site you will locate the links to the other members of the MTM group to learn about their part of the world.
Research: wikipedia, blackcreek.ca.
Photocredits: -Gary J Wood CC=nc-sa-flickr, -Muhammed CC=nc-sa-flickr, -Cory Ann CC=nc-nd-flickr, -Garbould CC=nc-nd-flickr, -jonathan_in_guelph CC=nc-nd-flickr, -Property#1 CC=nc-nd-flickr.
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