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laudesan
05-24-2011, 11:36 AM
In 1960 two Brantford high school teachers purchased 30 acres of land in the Hamilton region to store a THB (Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo Railway) Class "G" Consolidated locomotive.

The village was established with the acquisition of the THB Jerseyville station in 1960 and was placed in 1961.

This was the birth of the Westfiled Historical Village. There are now 35 period buildings on the site, ranging from the 1700's and 1800's, and it is open to the public Sundays and holidays. It really is worth the visit. The Historic interpreters wear historical costume. There are also first person interpreters who speak in period language. It adds authenticity to the village.

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The Bandstand is a replica of a classic mid 19th centurey structure, seen in town squares throughout Ontario, and North America.
There was dancing in honour of Queen Victoria and Prince Alert, because it was Victoria Day. (24/05/2011)

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Lynn led the children in dance, and the public were invited to join in.

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McRoberts Dry Goods Store, and Westfield Hardware Store.
The hardware store is a replica of a Vicrorian period building. McRoberts Dry Goods Store was originally located in the town of Troy.

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The photographer is a brand new volunteer. He is amazing and I hope to have a good chat to him next time I go out.

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Jerseyville Railway Station
This building came from Jerseyville and was built in 1896. It was featured in the movie "Anne of Green Gables" and a television series "Road to Anvonlea"

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TH&B Locomotive 103
This "G" Class Locomative was buil tin Montreal in 1910 for the THB (Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo Railway) as No 52. It had a number change a couple nof times, finally it remained 103. It is an amazing engine, and I was so lucky to be invited to look inside the engine.

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The Drug Store.
This building combines the examining room of Dr Beatie, with the apothecary

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Dentist chair. I remeber sitting in one of those when I was 5 years old, in an old country school way out in the back of nowhere in New Zealand. It was darn well ancient them :( We kids called it the 'Murder Chair' as the dentist had a foot operated drill. I bet it was illegal lol. It sure hurt!!!

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more to come

laudesan
05-24-2011, 11:47 AM
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The pharmacist was showing htese people how pills were made..
The stained glass window shows a mortar and pestle, and was made for the very first drug store in St George.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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The General Store, came from the village of Springfield in Elgin County. Circa 1848.

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I can't wait to go out again next Sunday!!! I spent a lot of time in the Railway Station and engine and the Drug Store this time, and it was wonderful. These people are so very knowledgable. I could visit this place many many tiems and learn something new each time!!

I will post more pictures here as I get them..

Thank you for looking.

Yorky
05-24-2011, 12:06 PM
Super photos JJ, reminds me of our visit.

Doug

Europa
05-24-2011, 12:29 PM
Super photos JJ, reminds me of our visit.

Doug

Was thinking that myself Doug - had a great day there - although the women sat around spinning were talking about bluetooth and broadband when I started filming them so asked them if they could talk in historical language. So there were a lot of forsooths etc........LOL.

Great pics JJ - am going to snag some methinks - you won't know which though.......but am sure you can guess......LOL

Thanks for sharing

Pat xx

olliewood0702
05-24-2011, 04:22 PM
Thanks for sharing these JJ.

I love visiting historical villages and we have many here in Michigan and elsewhere in the USA. It's interesting to see how life was lived back then and to learn how hard it was doing things the ole fashioned way.:thumbsup: :clap:

Antiqueteacher
05-25-2011, 01:34 AM
JJ, some great shots here!! Love the period clothing, too!

Katherine

Uschi
05-25-2011, 06:33 PM
Great photos and wonderful information JJ!! It IS a lovely place to visit. Sure was a lot hotter when Pat, Kev and I went there and actually and accidentally met Doug and Family :D

Uschi

laudesan
05-25-2011, 07:53 PM
Thanks guys :heart:

ReggieS
05-25-2011, 10:49 PM
Thanks JJ!
These are great especially the Dr's office and apothecary!! I lov historical things like this! We have the Calvin Coolidge historical site up the road in Plymouth. He was born there and sworn in as president in his father's parlor when President Harding died. We have been there at least 10 times and I love it!! He is buried up the road and his tombstone is a simple marble one with the Presidential Seal on it!! Some of the graves there go back to the late 1700's!

Reggie

CJMonty
05-26-2011, 03:11 AM
Those Obstetric Forceps in the Photo below the Dentist Chair one, are still used today.


Take Care.
Lots of Love Carolynn.:grouphug: :grouphug: :heart: :heart: :)

Bob L.
06-21-2011, 04:20 PM
Hello

Just to correct the data on locomotive 103.
The village was established with the acquisition of the THB Jerseyville station in 1960 and was placed in 1961.
The locomotive came to us in 1977 from Gage Park in Hamilton.
Glad so many people enjoy visiting us. Drop by the station any Sunday and say hello
BobLivingstone, Building Parent Jerseyville Station, Westfield.

Bob L.
06-21-2011, 04:25 PM
Oops--
In my previous posting the incorrect information I mentioned is at the very top, not under the 103 picture. The village was founded by G. Kilmer & G. MacDonnel with the station, not the locomotive.

Bob

laudesan
06-21-2011, 08:43 PM
Hello

Just to correct the data on locomotive 103.
The village was established with the acquisition of the THB Jerseyville station in 1960 and was placed in 1961.
The locomotive came to us in 1977 from Gage Park in Hamilton.
Glad so many people enjoy visiting us. Drop by the station any Sunday and say hello
BobLivingstone, Building Parent Jerseyville Station, Westfield.

Thank you very much for your information. I can't edit the first posting, but maybe a moderator can.

Cheers..
JJ

Yorky
06-22-2011, 02:24 AM
Thanks Bob, I hope to visit Westfield again some day. Here's a photo of my son, DIL and grandson in the cab.

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Doug