It’s that time of year again! Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th mark the 19th annual Doors Open event here in Toronto. This is an excellent opportunity to visit historic locations around the city, including Black Creek Pioneer Village. Admission will be free all day, which is a great excuse to come down!
In the spirit of Doors Open, I have opened up the archives and found some photos that have been kept in our files for years, and in some cases decades. Many of these photos have never been shared before, so enjoy!
A photo of the Halfway House before it made its way over to Black Creek Pioneer Village. I’m not sure what I like more about this photo – the bicycles on the porch or the very vintage looking boys in the foreground!
Do you recognize this building? This is our Wilmot Township Hall, better known as the Town Hall. During its lifetime in Wilmot Township, it was used to deal with local government issues and small court claims. It has a new lease on life here at Black Creek Pioneer Village, including being a site for numerous wedding ceremonies!
Check out this old photo of Laskay Emporium. Laskay served as a general store and post office for many years in what is now known as King Township. Laskay was slated to be demolished, until it was acquired and restored for use at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
This is an incredible photo of our Roblin’s Mill in action. This was another building saved from demolition by the efforts of the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The mill used to be located in what is now Prince Edward County, before the monumental effort was undertaken to move it to the village.
As you can see, a lot of the buildings around the village had quite a life before ending up here! If you’re interested in more village history, you can browse the historic buildings page on our website. Of course, you can also come and visit the village and see for yourself! For Doors Open weekend, we will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Last admission will be at 4:30pm, so be sure to arrive in time to see everything the village has to offer! That includes the historic brewery, which will also be open as scheduled all weekend 😉