Carousel View of Lang Pioneer Village

Lang Pioneer Village, north of Keene Ontario and Rice Lake is a historical treasure trove. On site there are buildings, looms and tools as much as 200 years old. One can see a Blacksmith Shop from the 1880's, a General Store with all the goods from the turn of the century and other buildings, tools and clothes from an era gone by but not forgotten. Lang is Ontario Pioneer History alive.

Lang is about History

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way in which it preserves its history.

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History lives at the Village
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Lang is true to History. Many of the building have been carefully moved from original sites to the village. All the tools, finishings, artifacts, and clothes reflect the times. Each building is a true look back in to the 1800s and early 1900s.

Artisan and Story teller

One of the pleasures of the village is that so many on the staff are also crafts people of no small talent.

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Lang's staff are a pleasure to visit with.
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One of the delights at Lang is to see artisans and crafts people at work. Tinsmiths at the Tinshop and Quilters outside the Milburn House or the Blacksmith at the anvil in a hot-fired Blacksmith Shop.

Each of the buildings and stores on site have staff versed in the operations of say the General Store or the Cheese Factory. They can tell you how their shops were run often without electric power or other modern conveniences. And try the Transportation barn - there are a few vintage stories on tap there.

School in the Countryside

Even in the school there was fun to be found after a full days work often to 5PM.

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School is in Session
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One of the charms of Lang is the one room schoolhouse on site. This is the same type of school that both Mom and Dad attended 90 years ago but in widely separated locales.

DIY were daily marching orders

Self provision was the way of life in the colonies where goods from Europe were scarce and dear

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The first settlers were active self-providers always
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"I am so happy, my dear friend, to have made the candles and finished the quilt before the oncoming winter" - note in Keene Ontario.

War of 1812 Re-enactment

I believe that in 4 weeks from the time a declaration of war is heard on our frontier, the whole of Upper Canada will be in our power - John Calhoun, US Congress

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The re-enactment hints at the social currents...
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In 1812 a musket had an effective range of 50-60 yards. But greater import was the role of the Indians who under Tecumseh were making a stand against American settlers.

Apple Cider Fest at Harvest Time

No spring nor summer's beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one Autumnal face....John Donne

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The Village truly bustles with activity and games.
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Out by the South Lake School House there are games aplenty including 3-legged, sack race, and egg by spoon carry.

2 Weekends of Halloween

When witches go riding and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers tis near Halloween

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The village lets its hair down with witty-wicked fun.
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There are surprises all over the grounds but be sure to check out the Douro Town Hall and whats in the garden at the Fitzpatrick House.

Christmas by Candlelight

Canada's culture resides in the heart and soul of its people.

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There is a beauty to Candlelight at Christmas
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For Christmas, Lang features Singing of Carols with the Muscovy Ducks, story-telling, horse-drawn wagon rides, and kids crafts.