This new exhibition explores the impact of the War of 1812 on Southwestern Ontario from multiple perspectives. 1812: Perspectives from Southwestern Ontario features original artifacts, replica uniforms, the Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance’s “The Legacy Along the Grand River” display, the Native Women’s “Trail of Tears” Barn Quilt, and the Longwoods Quilt: “Honouring Women” of the War of 1812.
Launch of the new Smartphone tour of Fanshawe Pioneer Village developed in partnership with Digital Echidna and the Museum and Technology Program of the Province of Ontario. 28 new videos, historic and current photographs and audio tours in English, French and Spanish provide visitors with content at your fingertips while you explore the beauty of Fanshawe Pioneer Village in the wintertime.
NEW: Winter hours for Fanshawe Pioneer Village; Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Historic accounts of early pioneers often reference an “emigrant’s trunk” – the physical container holding all the essentials for a long ocean voyage, the trade or agricultural tools needed for new settlement, and, that one special object that just could not be left behind. Using the theme of a settler’s trunk, this collaborative exhibit features the special objects brought to London by recent immigrants along with the stories the objects tell about a home left behind.
This exhibit is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India. Join us for nineteenth century games, historical speeches, and vintage base ball all in reverence to our longest reigning monarch. Who knows? She might just make a sea voyage to the colonies to visit with her subjects in the Upper Canadian town of Fanshawe.
Vintage Base Ball game between London Tecumsehs and the Woodstock Actives at 1:00 pm.
Come meet the sheep, pigs, ducks and poultry who will live at Fanshawe Pioneer Village this season. See heavy horse teams cutting and raking hay in the farm fields. Discover the whole process of cloth making from demonstrations of sheep shearing and herding, to carding, spinning and weaving wool.
Vintage base ball game between London Tecumsehs and Port Huron Welkins at 1:00 pm.
On the 1st of July, 1867, Canada became a self-governing colony within the British Empire. Relive the past and discover the events surrounding the first Dominion Day (now Canada Day). Patriotic speeches, cake and lemonade and vintage base ball are a few of the activities that will bring the past to life.
Vintage base ball game between the Vintage London Tecumeshs and modern London Tecumsehs at 1:00 pm
All the bears are gathering today for a Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring out your favourite stuffed friend for an afternoon of games in the park. Watch a puppet show and make your very own teddy bear puppet. Join Victorian Bear for a parade and enjoy a picnic of lemonade and cookies served in a real china tea cup.
Was the light bulb a Canadian invention? Obsessive inventor Henry Woodward and his rakish "investor" Mathew Evans try to create artificial light in nineteenth century Toronto while a certain "Wizard of Menlo Park", Thomas Edison watches on from afar. Although played for laughs, LIGHT COMEDY has a lot to say about the history of commerce, intellectual property, and Canadian/American relations.
Performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15.00 each, admission included.
Join us as we host our annual Fanshawe Frolic dance weekend on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. This year’s special theme is “Changing Times”, focusing on the dances and music from 1900 to 1914…the period immediately after the Victorian era and leading up to World War I.
Experience all the pleasures of a 19th century rural fair with threshing demonstrations, exhibits and musical entertainment. Enjoy your own thresherman’s lunch in the Pioneer Village Café featuring Shepard’s pie, mixed greens and fresh fruit pie.
Lunch Prices $11.50 per person $5.50 children (12 and under)
The Village doors are open and the admission is free for Doors Open London and Culture Days. The Pioneer Village Café features Roast Pork with apple sauce, scalloped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, homemade soup and fresh pie.
Vintage base ball game between London Tecumsehs and Innerkip Quarrymen at 1:00 pm on Sunday.
Dispatch received from the 1st (Royal Scots) Regiment, Grenadier Company: “Citizens…His Majesty’s crown forces will make an aggressive attempt to reclaim the territories of Western Upper Canada. It is our intention to garrison our forces at the Village of Fanshawe and choose this ground to halt the advance of the American forces. Beware of spies in your midst.” Which side will you support? Experience the life and battles of a soldier in 1812 at this premier regional event.
Villagers gather in thanks for the bountiful harvest. Join the celebration! Reserve your traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Pioneer Village Café available all weekend. Sittings at 12 pm and 2 pm feature roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, root vegetables, homemade soup and fresh pies.
Thanksgiving Day will be the last day the Village is open for the season.
After the nameless Monster has destroyed his family and his happiness, Victor Frankenstein pursues his creation North, traversing London township on the way. A bout of illness keeps both scientist and experiment in one place for a time. A missing chapter from Mary Shelley's ground-breaking and terrifying novel!
Performances at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm on Thursday and Sunday nights and 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Book on-line at www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca. Advance booking is required
Enjoy a traditional 19th century country Christmas dinner served family style and featuring local roast goose, root vegetables, squash soup, cabbage salad, pickles and for dessert; mincemeat pie or plum pudding.
After dinner, experience a unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Families are invited to a Visit with St. Nicholas. Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, followed by a baked gingerbread man to decorate for dessert. Hop aboard a horse drawn wagon for a beautiful winter ride around the Village and visit a selection of buildings preparing for Christmas. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without the visit with St. Nicholas himself, who is happy to see each child.