Kawartha Settlers’ Village


by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams

The Village Is Always Changing

The following is an excerpt from the Kawartha Settlers’ Village website. The land that the Village is located on was once the Murphy Dairy that operated from 1900-1938. It is now a fascinating collection of historic homes and buildings, operated by the Kawartha Region Arts and Heritage Society. Kawartha Region Arts and Heritage Society promotes and fosters community spirit in the Kawarthas and organizes cultural, educational, and recreational events. The Kawartha Settlers’ Village Museum collects, researches, preserves, exhibits and interprets a collection of historical artifacts and buildings dating from 1830 – 1915.

Judi and I love visiting the Town of Bobcaygeon! It offers so much for visitors!

One of the best kept secrets is the Kawartha Settlers’ Village. Fortunately we have been able to visit the Village a number of times and have always enjoyed ourselves!

We have now passed through the Village’s entry! What’s next?

The Boyd Carriage House was the first building that we entered. When we visited this building it was full of Christmas toys and “joy”! This time we were there for the “Festival of Trees”. The Carriage House was built around 1840 and is the only building remaining of the Boyd estate.

The next building we encountered was the Henderson House. During our visits to the Village, the Henderson House always seemed to be “alive” with music!

During the Festival of Trees it was Christmas music. At the Village’s Settlers Day it was the sound of Clogging!


The Village’s General Store was a lot of fun to explore!

There were a lot of fun surprises to discover, especially at Christmas time!

The Village contains many interesting log home. The above “Wray House” was one of them.

Each building is decorated to illustrate the home’s time period.

In addition to the heritage log buildings, the Village includes several other heritage landmarks. The above photo is a window on the Village’s Fairbaim Church. Below is a gazebo that is used during Village events.

A Waterwheel and replica Grist Mill were added in 2011.

During the events that were attended, a horse drawn wagon allowed us to tour the Village in comfort!

As we toured the Village, we were able to envision the Village’s layout and experience a number of its interesting building and “landmarks”.

There was the Blacksmith’s Shop (above) which displayed the various tools used by a blacksmith. The building shown below is a Shanty. These buildings were built and used as shelter while the main homesteads were being built.

Another small building we passed was a log Trapper’s Cabin.

The Village’s Firehall was on one side of the road.

While the Village’s jail was on the other side! I wonder it there is any “connection”?

There many other buildings and attraction that we enjoy, but i think that you should discover them you yourselves. However, I would like to end this Kawartha Settlers’ Village article with a photo description of my favourite building, the “Murphy Barn”.

It’s not that the barn was special in itself, it was how the barn was used during special events.

During one event, Judi experienced her “inner cow”!

During their Festival of Trees, I experienced the “Magic of Christmas”!

All in all, the Kawartha Settlers’ Village is a wonderful place to visit. It has many special events throughout the year. Visit their website at http://www.settlersvillage.org to find out more.

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