Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Wordless Wednesday – Touring Settler’s Village, Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada

My husband and I go camping every summer at Emily Provincial Park in Omeemee, Ontario, near Peterborough. One day we decided to tour one of the local towns and see what attractions we could find. We decided to go north 20 km. to Bobcaygeon.
In the town of Bobcaygeon was a pleasant surprise, a Settler’s Village right in town. The location was quite unusual, we didn’t expect much, but it was worth taking a look.
There was no Admission fee, just a donation when you leave, if you wish to make one. A tour guide took us around and unlocked the buildings, one by one, they don’t get much traffic. Now I will give you a tour.

trapper’s cabin

interior of cabin


firetruck being restored

interior of schoolhouse
teaching requirements 1870
interior of shanty
Fairbairn Church
interior of church
19th century home
time capsule

the Muir house

general store

the Duggan house

the Boyd shanty
the totem pole seems out of place here
the Jail
the blacksmith’s shop

the barn
the honey shack
What is it?

Filed under: Daily Genealogy Blogging Themes, Wordless Wednesday, , ,

The Holden Family Homestead

In 2007, we went to the Heritage Village in Essex County for a flea market, we go every year, and there was a new building that I hadn’t seen the previous year, so I went to take a look. The building wasn’t ready for display at that time, and all of the buildings are locked during special events. As I got closer, I was amazed at the size of the building, most of the buildings are a lot smaller, but the most amazing thing about it was the name on the plaque by the door. It was donated by the descendants of James Holden, who came to Essex County about 1861. James Holden was my 4th great-grandfather!
I have yet to go inside and look around, maybe I’ll plan a trip this weekend.

Filed under: Family Files, Genealogy, O'Neil/Neil, , ,

June 2020