Living history reenactors will return to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum on September 25 and 26, where they will recreate life as it was in Upper and Lower Canada in the early 19th century during the 1812 Living History weekend.

With COVID-19 safety at the top of everyone’s minds, the event promises to have lots of outdoor space to explore and step back in time. The weekend will mark the end of the prime tourist season and be the last chance to take in the museum and its 10 historic buildings, containing the site’s extensive collection of artifacts.

During the 1812 Living History weekend, the museum grounds will come alive, as reenactors portray various aspects of civilian, business and military life in this region during the War of 1812 time period. Watch as the blacksmith works at the forge, a tinsmith peddles his wares, civilians cook over open fires, spin wool at their tents, and soldiers train for battle. The historical clothing and smoky backdrop of the museum’s rustic buildings are a feast for the senses. It is truly a nice weekend to take the plunge and check out the museum.

Due to the pandemic, fewer numbers of reenactors will be on site and full-fledged battles are not on the schedule; however, smaller skirmishes will likely be taking place. Guest speakers will discuss ‘The British Redcoat 101: Getting it right when making and wearing the uniform’; ‘Spinning and Spinning Wheels’, and ‘Early Land Surveying’. Food and refreshments will be available for sale between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days.

Museum staff encourage visitors to make a full weekend of local exploring and build onto their visit by downloading the Glengarry Routes Heritage Driving Tour, available through the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s website. The downloadable audio guide will introduce visitors to seven different heritage sites across North and South Glengarry. Hit the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s Living History event, then continue on to learn about the commercial heritage in Alexandria, Williamstown and down to South Glengarry for a stroll on the Peanut Line or the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area. One could easily fill a weekend travelling and learning about Glengarry’s rich history as you drive the countryside.

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The cost to attend the 1812 Living History weekend is $5 per person or $15 for a family. The event happens rain or shine. More details can be found at the museum’s website.

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is located in Dunvegan, Ontario at the intersection of County Road 24 (Dunvegan Road) and County Road 30 (Greenfield Road). Parking is available on the road, or nearby in the Kenyon Presbyterian Church parking lot. Accessible parking is also available.