Friday, 20 June 2014

Spirit of the 1860s

Come and Discover the Spirit of the 1860s

At Westfield this Sunday

Westfield Heritage Village is very pleased to be presenting a new program on Sunday June 22, 2014 from 10:00 am. - 4:00 pm. The Spirit of the 1860s will be an opportunity to explore what life was like in Southern Ontario (Canada West), just prior to Confederation.  With an emphasis on foods, fashions, technology, etiquette, politics and pastimes, Westfield will be a feast for the senses, allowing visitors to discover what daily life was like at this pivotal point in our history. Fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, food samples, medical scenarios, political debate and live music are just some of the activities that will be featured on this special day.  Visitors of all ages can take a seat in the one room log school house to discover what education was like in the 1860s.  Children are also invited to take part in traditional children’s games in the school yard from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  In the Gillen House yard, Mrs. Watson will be “at home,” providing a peek into the complex etiquette of visiting in this period.
An important part of the Upper Canadian story is what was happening south of the border, and Westfield has invited American Civil War re-enactors to demonstrate and describe the conflict.  Military and civilian encampments will be set up in close proximity to the village, and visitors will be able to “cross the border” to meet re-enactors and learn about the issues and circumstances of the American Civil War.  A battle demonstration is not planned, but visitors will be able to watch military drilling exercises, an officer’s meeting, artillery demonstrations and visit soldiers in their camp.
Westfield Heritage Village preserves and interprets more than thirty-five heritage buildings where you can meet authentically costumed interpreters demonstrating life in earlier times and places.  Visit the baker at the bake oven to see what’s cooking.  Find out what the printers, weavers or blacksmith’s are up to in their shops.  Say hello to the storekeeper and purchase an old-fashioned treat.  There’s always something new to see and do at Westfield!
The Spirit of the 1860s will take place on Sunday June 22 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please visit or call (519) 621-8851.  Admission Prices - Adults $11.00, Seniors (65+) $10.00 and Children 6-12 years $6.50.  Children 5 and under are admitted free.   Parking is free. 

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