Black Creek Pioneer Village

At Black Creek Pioneer Village, you can explore 40 authentically restored buildings in a 19th century village. Here are my tips for making the most of your journey.

Have you ever wondered what it was like living in a country village a century or more ago?

What did the buildings look like? How did people decorate their homes?

How did they make things for their daily needs?

How did they dress, eat, sleep, light and heat their homes?

Black Creek Pioneer Village is the place to find these answers.

black creek pioneer village, farm road

The village is a collection of 40 authentic historic buildings laid out to reproduce the look and feel of a rural village in southern Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s. There’s even a Village Green where kids can play games of old and several small gardens typical of the era. The Stong family farm buildings are original to the site and they date back to the period of 1816 to 1832. However, most of the other buildings were moved here from other locations in Ontario (to save them from demolition). Even this mill which is huge was actually disassembled and brought here from Prince Edward County.

black creek pioneer village, mill

There’s a working farm with sheep and chickens and horses too and you can even take a horse and buggy ride through town.

black creek village, barnyard and sheep

.... a lovely and friendly horse...

black creek pioneer village, horse

The Buildings and the Artifacts at Black Creek Pioneer Village

When you arrive at the Village you enter a modern-looking Interpretation Centre. Here you’ll find the Admissions Desk where you buy your tickets and pick up a map. You’ll also find the store, a seating area, washrooms, some glass cabinet displays and the entrance to a mini-museum. This centre hosts temporary exhibits on themes related to Ontario history.

Once you exit the Interpretation Centre you find yourself in unknown territory: the Living Past.  The first building you come to is the Tinsmith Shop and Masonic Lodge built in 1850. This building was originally located in Woodbridge.  Many of the houses at Black Creek Pioneer Village have these working demonstrators. You can buy some of the products of the craftspeople on duty at the store including a lovely tin chandelier for candles.

demonstrator, tinsmith, black creek village

There’s also a working brewery on-site that produces craft beer that is sold in LCBO retail outlets. You’ll find the brewery in the basement of Half Way House Inn. It’s a Georgian style, two storey building with big balcony up top and a pub in basement where we had lunch.

On the main floor there’s a dining room and a tavern.

half way house, black creek pioneer village

The Printing Office (c 1850; from Kettleby) was originally built as a Temperance Hall. This building now houses a wide range of printing equipment. We watched the printer on duty ink the metal and pull off a fresh, wet copy of a picture. Very exciting.

There’s also a one-room school house built in Markham in 1861 on site.

Wilmot Township Hall (1858) is originally from Baden:

townhall at black creek pioneer village

The Photography Studio has chairs and a supply of old-fashioned clothing you can use to pose in (bring your own camera).

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