Black Creek Pioneer Village: Toronto's Living History Village

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Dundurn, 2000 - History - 108 pages
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Black Creek Pioneer Village: Toronto's Living History Village is a recreation of a typical crossroads community found in Southern Ontario during the 1800s. Nestled on 56 acres of tranquility, the village is a step-back-in-time, a respite from the towering buildings and bustling traffic of the 21st century. Here, visitors discover the joys and daily realities of living in early Ontario. Here at the village, the sights, sounds and smells are tangible reminders of our past. Meet the blacksmith, the tinsmith, the weaver, the miller, the printer .... Meet the people who "live" at Black Creek and bring our yesteryears to life.


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The book is an homage to all the buildings found in Black Creek Pioneer Village, their purpose and how people around the time of Confederation (1867) lived and worked. It is a wonderful book to read in preparation for a visit to BCPV or to reflect on one.
The book begins with a Map of this re-imagined village and its buildings sourced from communities around Toronto, before they had a chance to fall in disrepair. Each home and business has been preserved and historically appropriate artifacts have been included to present them in an appropriate context to visitors. Throughout the book there are illustrations and pictures of the buildings being discussed. The lives that were lived within them and details of the trades are also explained.
There a practical Index, which indicates where subjects are to be found throughout the book, and a bibliography of works that were used to bring the book to fruition. An illustrated lexicon of tools of the era would be a useful addition, should there be a reprint of the book, as we may have lost sense of words and tools so common to a farming community of 150 years ago.
The second half of the book which begins with “A Woman’s Work is Never done”, never gives titles to other sections. This part of the book will be of interest to young readers who may find the first part of the book too detailed; all the pictures are well explained. Both parts of the books could be presented independently, but compliment each other well.


Map of Black Creek Pioneer Village
The Village
The Stong Settlement and Life on the Farm
The Gristmill
Other Early Industries and Crafts
The Homes of Some Villagers
The Laskay Emporium and Post Office
The Half Way House
Dicksons Hill School
Religious Life
The Town Hall
A Womans Work is Never Done
Black Creek Pioneer Village in Colour

The Herb Garden

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