Elgin County’s new Heritage Centre hosted a Family Day Medieval Day on February 19th. Visitors turned out to pack the “castle” and experience some of the activities of medieval times.
The centrepiece of the new facility is “Talbot’s Castle” an imaginative creation based on parts of Malahide Castle in Ireland where Col. Thomas Talbot was born. It is a fitting backdrop for the first of the centre’s traveling exhibits – Once Upon a Time – which provides an overview of the medieval era in Europe from 500 to 1500 AD. Families on hand for Medieval Day could check out the exhibits and get hands-on with help from the Essex Medieval Heritage Society – they were given opportunity to do their own brass rubbing, try on chain mail and a helmet and get a photo in the stocks.
Photos above include Devon trying on chain mail and helmet (2nd row); Amanda with sons Tyler and Gavin trying brass rubbing (row 4, right); Diane Pepin from the Essex Medieval Heritage Society (row 5, left).
The new Centre, located at 460 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 7pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.