Hi! Here is Part Two of the story about the fun evening we had at Black Creek Pioneer Village, at the “Field Trip for Grown Ups” hosted by Peter and Paul’s Hospitality and Entertainment Group.
If you’d like to know more about this interesting immersive museum located to the northwest of downtown Toronto, and the very nice party they had there, please check out Part I first.
So, we left off at one of the food stations. From there we went to the “Making Music” activity, where we met a friendly music historian who was a talented fiddle player. She told us about the type of music the early settlers to the area enjoyed. (In Part I, there’s also a short video we made about the evening, which features a tune performed by her, if you’d like a listen.)
↑ Guests were invited to join in, so Nick jammed with the tambourine. ↑
↑ The music making was happening on the front porch of in front of the “Half Way House Inn“, a building from 1849, which was moved to Pioneer Village from Scarborough. ↑
↑ They were serving beer, pretzels and home-made chips in the front public room. ↑
↑ You could also take a look around the building. This was the little back-room behind the pub, where the inn keeper would have kept his records and done the books. ↑
↑ The lounge. ↑
↑ There was a gorgeous collection of pressed glass on display in the dining room. ↑
↑ Towards the back of the house, we found the kitchen, where pies were being served, both savoury and sweet. Nick went for savoury and I for sweet, (because I can never turn down a butter tart when offered!) ↑
↑ In the “Rose Blacksmith Shop” (built in 1856, moved to Pioneer Village from Nobleton, Ontario) this entertaining blacksmith told us about the art, as he stoked the forge and hammered and twisted hot metal. ↑
↑ “Dominion Carriage Works” was built in 1860 in Perth County. ↑
↑ There we sampled some Braised Beef Short Ribs and some epic Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. ↑
↑ I tried my hand at leather-lacing in the “Harness Shop and Saddlery” – 1855, from North York. ↑
↑ “The Doctor’s House” built in 1830 in Brampton. ↑
↑ Inside we were told a spine tingling story about a young female ghost who has been regularly seen walking the grounds of the village. She is believed to have once lived in the inn. ↑
↑ I think we may have seen her. ↑
↑ The old printing press was in action in “The Printing Office“, built in 1850 in Kettleby, Ontario. ↑
↑ I was moments too late to try on some historic style clothes, as, by then the activities were beginning to wrap up and everyone was heading over to the main pavilion for a cocktail and some live music. Oh, and some more delicious food! ↑
↑ Guests enjoyed singing along with The Marc Joseph Band. ↑
↑ The Pavilion was beautifully set up to demonstrate what a lovely locale for a wedding Black Creek Pioneer Village would make. It was so pretty. ↑
↑ Settings and decor were provided by “Pure Event Design“. ↑
↑ Depending on the size of the wedding, the service could be held indoors or outside the charming “Wilmot Township Hall“, built in 1858.
↑ There was one activity still going on, the axe throwing (provided by Far Shot Rec). Nick gave it a go and got his axe to stick on his second throw. (You can see that happening in the short video we posted in Part I of this story. ) ↑
A few more historic buildings that we saw during our leisurely walk back to the entry gate …
↑ The “Henry Snider Cider Mill“, built around 1840 at the corner of Finch and Keele. ↑
↑ “The Bolton Shop“, 1844, from Bolton, Ontario. ↑
↑ “The Mennonite Meeting House“, 1824, Edgeley, Ontario (now Jane Street and Highway 7. )
↑ The Broom Maker’s Shop, from Sherwood, Ontario. ↑
↑ A Masonic Hall in the back and Tin Smith Shop in the front – details here – 1850 from Woodbride. ↑
That ends our two part story about the “Field Trip of Grown Ups” at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Thank you for reading and thanks to Peter and Paul’s for inviting us.
Wishing you a great weekend. xo loulou