Explore at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

See our event page for information on special ticketed events.

The 57th Public Programming Season at Fanshawe Pioneer Village has come to an end. We are still open for pre-booked education programs and ticketed special events (For more information please check on the Events or Education and Tours pages). The heritage buildings are now closed for the season and will reopen in May 2017 for our 58th Season. You can still tour the grounds of Fanshawe Pioneer Village and try out our Mobile Virtual tour Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., please check in at the Spriet Family Visitor Centre.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village’s 58th Public Programming Season begins on May 20th, 2017. We have lots of exciting things planned for the coming season.

Teas at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Join us for four special teas to be held during the summer!

On Wednesday, July 12th, enjoy the delights of a Garden Party at 2:30 pm.

On Wednesday, July 26th, join the Women’s Christian Temperance Union for a Temperance Tea at 11:00 am.

On Wednesday, August 9th, take in the tradition of High Tea at 2:30 pm.

And on Wednesday, August 23rd, experience the pleasures of a Country Tea at 11:00 am.

Theme Months

May: Gender Roles
Learn how gender roles impacted everyday lives of early settlers as Fanshawe Pioneer Village begins our 58th season. Discover the roles people filled within their families and community, and how etiquette influenced social behaviour. Meet our blacksmith and printer to learn what it took to become an apprentice, and explore the jobs different people took on.

June: Changing Technology
Experience the transformation of technology as you visit Fanshawe Pioneer Village in June. Try different household tools, explore farming practices, visit trades people, and discover how the lives of early settlers changed! Join us for A Day on the Farm, June 17th and 18th to connect with London and Middlesex’s rural roots and a weekend full of fun.

July 2nd-15th: Food and Gardens
Have you ever wondered how people used to cook or what kinds of foods they often ate? Join the Villagers during the first half of July to learn all about historic foods and heirloom plants! Experience pit fire, hearth, and wood stove cooking, learn about different kinds of tea, and discover how important gardens and fields were to a family. Tour the village and discover how food was grown and how it was prepared.

July 16th-30th: A Child’s Role within the Home
Explore the daily life of children in the 19th and early 20th century by doing different chores, attending school house lessons, and learning where apprentices lived during the second half of July. Visit the homes in the village to see how the role of children changed from the early 1800s to the early 1900s.

August 1st-15th: Identity
Canadian identity has changed a lot since the 1820s! Explore how the identity of early settlers and Canada transformed as you explore 100 years of history at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada with a visit from Sir John A. Macdonald and the Grand Opening of our new storefronts during Confederation Weekend and the Confederation Ball on August 5th and 6th!

August 16th-31st: Life on the Farm
Discover what it was like to live on a farm during the 19th century! Visit our farm animals, help feed the chickens and grade eggs, separate cream from milk and churn butter, or learn about different farm tools. Experience the pleasures of a 19th century fair on August 19th and 20th as Fanshawe Pioneer Village and the Tri-County Heritage Club present Agricultural Fair!

September: Textiles
Knitting, sewing, and weaving were important skills for both women and men to master during the 19th century. Why not visit our weaver’s shed, take part in spinning demonstrations, or learn about sewing machines as you experience all the shapes, sizes and colours that textiles come in at Fanshawe Pioneer Village!

October: Preparing for Winter
October is all about preparing for winter and Fanshawe Pioneer Village is all a bustle completing our fall chores! Discover the hard work that went into living on a farm! Find out how pioneers preserved food so it would last the winter, and how they worked together to help one another get everything done before the cold weather arrived! Visit us for Thanksgiving at the Village on October 10th, the last day of our regular season!