Quaintly located in the not quite outskirts of Kitchener Ontario lies a beautiful Heritage Village, Doon to be exact. Along side of the Village is the Museum housing a permanent display and a temporary one.
Full disclosure I received complimentary passes to spend the day in order to facilitate this Blog post .
Adult - $11
Senior & student - $8
Children ages 5 to 12 - $5
Children ages 4 & under - Free
Family (2 adults & dependent children) - $25
(rates plus HST)
With the ability to also purchase yearly passes , see official site for those prices.
Head HERE to visit the official website . There you can find calendar of events , planning your day etc.
Once inside we decided to tour the Village first .
Once you venture outside the Museum building you are met with the Train Station. "Originally located in Petersburg, Waterloo County . It was constructed in 1856. Original owner of the station was The Grand Trunk Railway. Gift of Canadian National Railway 1968."
"Engine 894, original owner, Canadian Pacific Railway. Constructed in 1911. Gift of City of Kitchener, 1964"
The stove/heater was just really cool so I snagged a picture. Inside the station.
I was given a guide book with all the Historical Information needed to post in the review. Sentences in quotes were taken and paraphrased from the guide book.
We left the train station without getting on the train. o be fair once my little guy saw this beautiful horse his only eye of focus was running to see him., Such a beauty .
The Peter Martin House and Farm was next stop . Unfortunately I was unable to get a picture or the name of the young lady here, as she was preparing for her group of 3 graders in the house. I must say she was awesome with my little guy and making sure that we were well aware of the dangers as there were a couple fires burning .
Had to get a picture of the inside outhouse for my son .
Rows of preserves in the cellar , which I so wish I had .
Erin is the young lady at the barn and she was so great and patient with Zach. She used her extensive knowledge to tell him all about the chickens, her pigs and a bit about the farm. Anything but the animals were of course lost on him , but myself and my mother who accompanied us .
"Wagon Drive Shed built by Simeon Martin, 1969. Barns: Originally located on the "Old Shuh Farm", Kitchener, Waterloo County . Gift 1957.
Good luck for us to do much more exploring. Erin let us know there was another farm with sheep you can pet , so we had to head that way. We made a couple stops along the way , but the Sararas-Bricker farm and house was the end gauntlet.
Headed out under the covered bridge in our quest to find the other farm. High hopes (and we did) to get into a couple other buildings on our way to the sheep.
Dry Goods and Grocery Store
Of course with the penny and wind up toys , someones attention was taken.
The Harness maker was a quick in and out . This was reproduced in 2016 . So everything was very new. Still very cool building , just new.
Headed to the Blacksmith shop. The Blacksmith was like royalty, they provided a vital rural trade. This practice survived well into the 1900's.
"This was reproduced in 2004 modeled after the Valentine Gies Blacksmith shop from 1894"
"Originally located in Ekfrid Township, Middlesex County. Constructed about 1835. Gift of Donald Sinclair, 1962.
We did it , we made it to Sararas-Bricker House and the animals. Well especially the sheep since you are allowed to give them some pets and love.
Left the village the long way around and walk through the fields and over the bridge to get back to take a walk through the museum . Through the ongoing exhibits. As they are getting the temp. section ready there was no exhibit there. To the disappointment of my little guy that the dinosaur one was gone. He did in fact get to explore that exhibit when it was there .
The great part about the museum part is the small sections of toys on the floor on really cool circle carpets. I say this as it helps keep a little one preoccupied so you can see what is in each section .
Some pictures I took while walking through . Lots of stuff to see, and so much history.
On the way out of the Museum part , Zach ran right into the glass. I did not get the names of the two young ladies from the front desk who A) came running to make sure he was okay , and B) grabbed him some ice for his bump. Even though thanking them them , I would like to thank you both again and apologize for not getting your names to personally call you out in a thank you here.
This amazing statue "On The Wings Of An Eagle" greats you on the way in to the museum . Though we actually spent the time on the way out admiring it . "This was chosen to respect the first inhabitants of this land."
We had such a wonderful day out. I want to thank all the amazing staff and the Museum for hosting us there on June 8 2017.
If you have the time , I really suggest stepping into the past . And what better year than Canada's 150th