Make tracks to Westfield Heritage Village on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17 for a fun new program, Fireside Tales. The special day will feature the fascinating stories of how individuals and families in early Ontario embraced, feared, celebrated and sometimes despised winter.
Drawing on archival journals, diaries and letters, the stories will take participants 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 wood stove 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 woodstoves and hearths will be available in several locations.
Hot drinks will be available 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 visitors back to life in earlier times.
For more information, call 519-621-8851 or visit westfieldheritage.ca.