Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Fireside Tales

Cozy Up on Family Day at Westfield
Fireside Tales
Make tracks to Westfield Heritage Village on Family Day, Monday February 17th for a fun new program called Fireside Tales.  This special day will feature the fascinating stories of how individuals and families in early Ontario embraced, feared, celebrated and sometimes despised the winter.  Drawing on archival journals, diaries and letters, the stories you hear on this day will take you back to a time before central heating, snowplows and polar fleece. 

Throughout the Village, there will be lots to see and do.  Stop by the Misener House to enjoy a cup of tea by the woodstove and discover what comfort food meant in the 1860s.  Meet the Tailor and see how wool overcoats were crafted for maximum warmth.  The Blacksmith’s House will feature a traditional paper puppet theatre play, and children will be able to take home their own paper characters.  Children will also enjoy making a special craft at the one room log school house, where they can see and feel what it would have been like to be a student in an early rural school in the winter months.  The D’Aubigny Inn’s lovely double hearth will be a cozy place to sit and hear tales of early Ontarians who delighted in the convenience of winter travel.   Foods prepared in woodstove and hearths will be available in several locations.  Hot drinks and baked goods will be available to purchase at the General Store.
Westfield’s more than thirty-five buildings dating from the late 1790s through to 1912 are staffed by authentically costumed interpreters who take you back to life in earlier times.  Photographers will delight in the site’s picturesque rural setting and authentically furnished period buildings. 

Westfield Heritage Village celebrates Fireside Tales on Family Day, Monday, February 17th from 12:30 - 4:00 pm.  Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and people with disabilities, and $5.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free.  Parking is free.  Gift Shop will be open.  Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton, just off highway 8, midway between Hamilton and Cambridge.

For more information, please call (519) 621-8851 or visit 


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