This year is the 50th anniversary of the building of Upper Canada Village. When the St. Lawrence River was flooded to improve it as a major transportation source, nine small towns were destroyed. Many of the structures at UCV come from these now-under-water ruins. A few changes have occurred at the site this year. Chrysler Hall which for many years was home to a rather dated interactive/movie display, has been refurbished with relics from the Chrysler home, as well as all the stained glass windows from the Wiser home in Prescott.
As well there is a huge new visitor center at the entrance to the village. Unfortunately we were a few days early, as the grand opening is about to happen.
It was a perfect day weather-wise, sunny and warm (but not hot and humid), with a gentle breeze blowing in off the St. Lawrence.
I have two friends who work in the village, but we happened to come on their days off, as was the cheese maker, who is a friend of a fellow blogger.
The village has also returned to a more first-person format. By this I mean that a lot of the characters are playing the roles of school mistress, tinsmith, merchant, farmer, for instance. The village had steered away from this for a few years, and it is nice to see it back, makes the visit seem more authentic.
We particularly enjoyed the oxen ride, the boat ride and of course milking Rosie, the Canadienne cow.
It was so much fun to just spend a day as a family, being silly, being ourselves and recapturing a bit of the life of our ancestors.
|Entrance to the park, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch.|
|The boat, about to travel up the canal.|
|One of many great heirloom varietal gardens on the site.|
|The tinsmith making a drinking cup.|
|The blacksmith shop - day off unfortunately.|
|Children's camp, a rousing game of cricket.|
|Bringing in the hay.|
|The fifty year commemorative quilt. Each year a new quilt is made in the village. This one has blocks from each of the past quilts.|
|Yarn spinning, weaving and dying.|
|The school marm - and don't think of crossing her!|
|Barney and Buck, our two favourite bovines.|
|Stained glass window from the Wiser House.|
|Calves on the loose.|
|Two cooks having a go at reading a recipe from 150 years ago.|
|I can see you.|
|Yours truly, torturing Rosie, the purebred Canadienne milk cow.|
|Saw mill, too late in the day to see much action.|
|The miller extolling the virtues of stone ground flour.|
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.