Explore at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

The 59th Public Programming Season at Fanshawe Pioneer Village starts Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

The Heritage Village is currently closed for the season. Fanshawe Pioneer Village adminstration offices are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 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 the 2018 season.

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

Fanshawe: 360

Trillium Community Gallery Exhibit

“A Woman’s Work is Never Done”

March 13 to October 8, 2018

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 Women! Fanshawe Pioneer Village will be commemorating the history of women connected to the village, the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Federal Right to Vote, and the lives of women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Join us in 2018 for themed interpretation, programs, and events as we commemorate. Be sure to join us for Herstory: Celebrating Women’s Histories on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd, 2018!

Rotating Themes

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

May: New Beginnings

With the beginning of the 2018 public programming season we will explore what new beginnings were like here in Southwestern Ontario. What was the journey like for those coming to Canada from Europe, what did early settlers need to survive their first few months in a new country, what settlement duties did they need to complete, and how did the lives of early settlers change as the years went by. The first day of the 59th season is Saturday, May 19th, 2018 and on Monday, May 21st, 2018 we’ll be celebrating the birthday of Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria!

June: A Day in the Life

Though a woman’s work was never done, neither was anyone else’s! Try your hand at different pioneer chores, experience a one-room school lesson, discover heritage trades, and enjoy Victorian pastimes. Play and explore the life of a little royal lord or lady and let dad be king for the day during Wee Royal Tea on Saturday, June 16th, 2018– just in time for Father’s Day!

July 3rd - 15th: Make It, Build It, Create It!

Early settlers needed to be very handy! Homes, clothing, furniture, and even toys were often made by people in your family or people in your community, at least until a general store was established. Make a toy, build a fence, create a calling card, learn how to make a shake and shingle a roof, discover how sewing machines work, and much more!

July 17th - 31st: Herstory

Women played a major role in their family, but it wasn’t all home-making! Discover the lives of Irene Jury and Mildred Peel, join in on a Temperance Rally, try flirting with a fan, or try out one of the many jobs they took on at home. Join us for Herstory: Celebrating Women’s Histories on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd as we explore the history of women’s suffrage in Canada, and learn about subsequent and current women’s movements, organizations, and stories from the area.

August 1st - 15th: Fields and Forks

Proper tools, successful crops, and the care of animals were key to the survival of farming families; later the ability for farms to produce extra allowed for diversification of labour and the success of trades people. Food was often the centre of family life; the recipes for special dishes and daily staples were passed down in families from generation to generation. Come 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 during Fields and Forks: Fanshawe Agricultural Fair on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th, 2018.

August 16th - 31st: War & Rebellion

Explore the history of the War of 1812, the Rebellion of 1837, and the Great War. Witness hard-fought battles on land and on Fanshawe lake during Fanshawe 1812: Enemy in Sight on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th, 2018.

If you are interested in the Great War join Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the End of the First World War during Fanshawe Frolic: The Armistice Ball on Saturday, August 5th and the Family Frolic on Sunday, August 6th, 2018! Or look forward to November when we commemorate the Great War with The Christmas Truce on Friday, Novemebr 16th and Saturday, November 17th, 2018!

September: Community

This year is the 200th Anniversary of the Richard Talbot Settlement. 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.

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 cozy days by the fire. Enjoy Thanksgiving at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we celebrate fall and the end of our 59th season on Monday, October 8th, 2018.