Rural history and rural roots came to life on September 9th and 10th at the annual Farm Show in the heart of the Talbot Settlement. A variety of activities provided opportunity for all, including kids to learn about heritage skills. Above Julie and son Ashton took part in one of the many hands-on activities offered during the sunny weekend. Below, some scenes from Saturday at the show.
Port Stanley’s harbour has been an essential part of the village since 1827 when the first schooner was launched. On August 5th to 7th members of Heritage Port Stanley guided interested groups on a narrated walk to learn about this fascinating history. They shared information on the history of shipping and commercial fishing, the story of the tragedy that occurred during the construction of the lift bridge and how the harbour has changed over time from the lift bridge to the lighthouse. Photos below are from the Sunday tour.
Many men from Elgin County enlisted in the American Civil War and the farmers of the Talbot Settlement profited from selling goods to the Union. For the Backus-Page House first ever Civil War Re-enactment, July 29th and 30th, Union and Confederate soldiers had weapons demonstrations, afternoon battles, and more. Some scenes from Saturday below ...
Guests enjoyed high tea and a historical fashion show at the Sparta Church Museum on Saturday July 8th. This is the third year that the many volunteers have come together in support of the museum. The colourful parade of fashion featured men's, women's and children's clothing from the 1700s to the later 1900s, most with a connection to the people and history of Sparta. Volunteers included the fashion show participants pictured above along with many who served tea and goodies.
A Scottish Living History Weekend on May 20 & 21 at Backus-Page House Museum included skirmishes, music camp lifestyle displays, storytellers. Some scenes from the Saturday event ...
Elgin Historical Society and the Elgin County Museum present Susan Gold and her story of WWI Gunner Murray Benner