Loucks Farm at Upper Canada Village, a living, working 1860's community
The movie opens looking at a team of horses and wagon making a delivery. Panning right we see the main farm well water shed, next is a hired hands log home, and a pen for the pigs and a chicken coop. There are many school children visiting here today, we see a young boy working the water pump as a girl watches. Behind them are some farm implements and the machinery sheds and storage barns. Under the big tree we see the delivery driver and the two horses resting in the shade. Behind the house there is an orchard and large garden. The house interior shows exactly how an affluent farm family lived in 1866 Canada.
shows visitors what a progressive family farm in the United Province of Canada
in the 1860's would be like. The Loucks of German ancestry were descended from United Empire Loyalist
, who settled this area after the American revolution. The buildings were moved to Upper Canada Village from Dundas County when the St. Lawrence Seaway flooded the original homestead. The farm shows many examples of 19th-century agricultural buildings and equipment. A working farm, visitors are invited to help with milking cows, tending to the gardens or feeding the pigs and chickens.
Upper Canada Village is a living, working heritage museum and community that shows how people lived, worked and relaxed in the 1860's. This early Canadian settlement has more than 40 heritage buildings.
At the site are several working mills (woollen mill, grist-mill and sawmill) still powered by water and steam. There are trades buildings (blacksmith, tinsmith, cabinetmaker, cooper, bakery, cheese-maker) with their products available for sale. Visit the one room log school house to see how children were educated in 1866. Traditional farming methods are demonstrated through the growing, harvesting and processing of heritage vegetables and livestock, using the same methods as the early settlers. Aspects of mid 19th-century domestic arts, social life, music, religion and politics are discussed, interpreted and demonstrated by staff dressed in clothing of the period.
The heritage buildings located in this beautiful natural setting allow visitors to escape modern day life, to retreat to another time and place. Visit Upper Canada Village and experience the sights and sounds of an authentic 1860s Canadian community. Walk the streets lined with cedar rail fences and mature trees, enter the authentic log and stone buildings along the way to experience how, bread was baked, a newspaper was published or how you would relax and enjoy a pint of ale and conversation with your neigbours. Walking around the village with horse and wagons passing, cows resting in the fields and people dressed as they were in 1866 you forget about the modern world and are transformed back in time.
From opening day May 19th until Thanksgiving weekend October 7th 2007 you can experience elections, marriages, funerals, a military re-enactment of the November 13, 1813 battle 'that saved Canada',
a realistic fall fair and many more activities that let visitors experience life in 19th-century Canada
. From the end November to early January the village celebrates 'Alight at Night' with over 200,000 light bulbs decorating the buildings, trees and fences.
Flooding the St. Lawrence River to create the St. Lawrence Seaway
inundated 10 communities. Many of the historically significant buildings of these Lost Villages
were moved to create Upper Canada Village others to the Lost Villages Museum located at Ault Park in Long Sault Ontario.
Construction of Upper Canada Village began in 1958 as part of the heritage preservation plan for the Seaway project. The village opened to the public in 1961. It is a popular attraction for tourists, historians, TV and movie productions and schools from New York State, Québec and Ontario. Upper Canada Village is operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission
To view more QuickTime™ VR movies at Upper Canada Village, showing the school, the mills, a two horse powered drag saw and the village centre visit Ottawa Panoramas.