Marshville Heritage Festival

By on December 9, 2013

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the 1850s? Look no further than the Marshville Heritage Festival in Wainfleet, Ontario (30 minutes out off Niagara Falls). This small picturesque town has taken it upon itself to reconstruct a 1850s era village, similar to what the village of Wainfleet looked like some 150 years ago. Every year, during labour day weekend, over 400 volunteers take part in the recreation of 1850s Wainfleet.

The recreation features the previously mentioned volunteers, dressed entirely in 1850s era clothing, and brandishing 1850s equipment and tools. The volunteers assume their roles for the entire weekend, providing demonstrations in and around the 15 restored historical buildings, including a blacksmith shop and a working sawmill. Volunteers can be scene cooking soup on an open fire, pig on a spit, and apple butter. Still more volunteers can be seen sawing wood via steam powered saws, creating wooden shingles, providing education in a single room schoolhouse, and demonstrating various other 1850s era tasks.

The festival also features two historical car shows, horse and carriage rides, farming demonstrations, steam powered machinery demonstrations, various food vendors, and over 100 crafters and hobbyists.