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Rockton's Westfield Heritage Village
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Rockton's Westfield Heritage Village

© by George Bailey

If you cherish the joy and simplicity of an earlier time, place Westfield Heritage Village on your list of places to visit this holiday season. You will witness the evolution of Canadian culture through volunteer historical interpreters, gaining insight into 18th and 19th century life in rural Canada as you walk among 39 historic buildings (six of them from the era 1775-1825) nestled in the woods on 161 hectares (324 acres) of lush woodland and meadows.

Manager Rondalyn Brown, who has been here for the past 34 years, told me on a recent Saturday evening visit, "The village was started in 1964 by two high school teachers, and this year we're celebrating our 50th anniversary. The buildings have been moved here from all over Southern Ontario."

On site is an 1896 train station moved from Jerseyville , a rare T.H. & B Steam locomotive sitting on the tracks, the perfect place to bring children and grandchildren. Andrea Brodie (with her children from Waterdown) said, "This is really putting us in the Christmas spirit. Smelling the wood-burning fireplaces reminds me of what it must have been like in the past. We even had an opportunity to take a family picture with Father Christmas and it didn't cost a penny."

The attraction is opened a limited number of times so check the schedule. Adults: $11.00, seniors $10.00 and children 6-12 years $6.50.

Before you visit the village, spend a few hours at the indoor Hamilton's Farmers' Market) a half hour drive away, open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 am until 6 pm. On Saturday from 7 am until 5 pm.

This is one of Canada's oldest markets established in 1837. It's been in its current location right beside the Public Library since 1980. Amongst the 60 or so vendors, there are at least two businesses that started operating when the market first opened. The market has lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, breads and sea food. One of the interesting features is a large historic Birks Clock that hangs from the ceiling, modeled after a clock at Wells Cathedral in England.

An Historic Steam Engine is found at Westfield Heritage Village   Shane Ramage, Lesley Flowers, at the Hamiltons Farmers Market   The Brodie family enjoy having a free photograph taken with Father Christmas    Two young volunteers at Westfield Heritage Village   Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield Heritage Village

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George Bailey

George Bailey contributes to Sun Media's 43 paid-circulation newspapers across Canada as well as numerous magazines. George has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Canada AM, The Discovery Channel, and Live with Regis and Cathy Lee. He has published five books on Niagara Falls.
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