Explore at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Visit our new exhibit, Celebrate 60!: The Enduring Legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village, in the Trillium Community Gallery.

The heritage village is currently open for winter walks. Winter walks are available during the months of February, March, and April the Village grounds will be open for winter walks, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please remember during this time the heritage buildings are closed and there is no public programming offered until May. The buildings will reopen when we begin celebrating our 60th anniversary starting on May 18, 2019!

If you are coming for a walk through the village we ask that you check in at the Spriet Family Visitor Centre.

Our administration office in the Spriet Family Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Please note the conservation area dam gate locks daily at 4:00 p.m.)

Please visit our Education and Tours page for more information on pre-booked education programs and tours, or our Upcoming Events page to learn more about what is happening during 2019.

If you have questions about our public programming season at Fanshawe Pioneer Village contact Alison Deplonty, Public Programming Coordinator at 519-457-1296 x 811.

The Spriet Family Visitor Centre contains Fanshawe Pioneer Village’s administrative offices and the Trillium Community Gallery. Administration office hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Upper Thames River Conservation Area’s gate locks at 4:00 p.m. each day.

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Trillium Community Gallery Exhibit

Discover the enduring legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village in our 60th anniversary exhibit, featuring artifacts from our permanent collection!

March 12th - April 18th, 2019 Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please note the exhibit will not be open from Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 through Friday, April 26th, 2019. It will reopen on May 1, 2019.
May 1st - October 10th, 2019, Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

This Week at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Each year Fanshawe Pioneer Village picks a theme to explore during the season as well as further rotating programming themes to help enhance your visit.

Yearly Theme

This year’s seasonal theme is Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we commemorate our 60th anniversary! Discover the history of the Village during your visit to our annual exhibit, Celebrate 60!: The Enduring Legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village hosted in the Trillium Community Gallery. Help us recreate vintage photos, share memories of a recent visit, or one from years gone by, with us on social media. Compare our restored buildings to photos of them when they arrived. And more! This year’s seasonal theme is Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we commemorate our 60th anniversary! Discover the history of the Village during your visit to our annual exhibit, Celebrate 60!: The Enduring Legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village hosted in the Trillium Community Gallery.

Be sure to join us for themed interpretation, programs, and events as we celebrate!

Meet some of our long-term friends and partners during Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village on Sunday, June 23rd, featuring throwback admission rates of $0.60!

Rotating Themes

Other programming themes rotate throughout the season so be sure to purchase a membership and visit often!

May: 60th Anniversary

It’s time to celebrate! Fanshawe Pioneer Village has been through a lot in the last 60 years, and we hope to be here for 60 more! Kick off our 60th anniversary season with us during the month of May. Visit our exhibit, ‘Celebrate 60!: The Enduring Legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village’ in the Trillium Community Gallery, try to complete our Anniversary Challenge, and help us recreate photos from our past! The first day of our 60th season is Saturday, May 18th, 2019 and on Monday, May 20th, 2019 we’ll be commemorating the very special 200th birthday of Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria!

Opening Day: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Queen Victoria’s Birthday and Garden Party: Monday, May 20, 2019
Annual Plant and Garden Sale: Monday, May 20, 2019

June: Community

This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the Richard Talbot Settlements arrival in this area of southwestern Ontario. Learn about the Irish settlement that was established outside of London Township, complete settlement duties, discover how communities formed, and explore how notions of community and identity changed from the early 19th century into the early 20th century. Design your own pioneer village, recreate the village at different points in time using our mini-buildings, work together to build a giant Lincoln Log House, and discover the community nature of Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we the Villagers share their memories of the village with you.

Celebrate with us during Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, featuring throwback admissions of $0.60!

History + Herbs: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Wee Royal Tea: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village: Sunday, June 23, 2019

July: Social Change

A lot changed between 1820 and 1920, and Canada continues to change today! During the 100 years of history talked about at the village society evolved, not only in the roles people played within their families but also in their sense of community. Join us to discover how etiquette influenced social behaviour, learn what it took to become an apprentice, explore the jobs different people took on, and explore how the identity of early settlers and Canada has transformed.

Dominion Day: Monday, July 1, 2019
Summer Theatre Presents: The Wind in the Willows & Fools and Lovers: July 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 2019
History + Jane: Friday, July 26, 2019
Fanshawe 1812: Enemy in Sight: Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, 2019

August: Agriculture and Subsistence

Proper tools, successful crops, and the care of animals were key to the survival of farming families. Later farmers ability to produce extra crops enabled the diversification of labour and success of tradespeople. Food was often the centre of family life– the recipes were passed down from generation to generation. Discover new recipes, make rope, help tend a garden, and feed our chickens and grade eggs as you explore the rural past. Experience the sights and sounds of a rural fair, including the Mental Floss Side Show, during Fields & Forks: Fanshawe Agricultural Fair on August 17th and 18th, 2019. “When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile,” so why not imagine the Village is Avonlea during Anne of Green Gables Day on August 25th, 2019.

Open Civic Holiday: Monday, August 5, 2019
Fields & Forks: Fanshawe Agricultural Fair: Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 2019
Anne of Green Gables Day: Sunday, August 25, 2019

September: Technology

Have you ever wondered how the pioneers managed to tend to their farms and complete their chores? Initially, everything had to be done by hand, using simple machines, or with the help of animals. New technology was all the rage! Experience the transformation of farming practices, visit tradespeople, and test out different tools for getting jobs done. Discover the history of the moving image on September 7th, 2019.

Open, Labour Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
History + The Moving Image: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Doors Open London: Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2019
A Day for the Dogs: Sunday, September 23, 2019

October: Preparing for Winter

Getting ready for winter is a big job! Come help the villagers prepare for early evenings and cold weather as we dip candles, make preserves, and enjoy cosy days by the fire. Enjoy Thanksgiving Day at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we celebrate fall and the end of our 60th season on Monday, October 14th, 2019.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2019
Thanksgiving at the Village: Monday, October 14, 2019
Midnight Village (Ticketed Event): October 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 30, 2019