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Westfield Heritage Village, Hamilton

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The Westfield Heritage Village is home to the Westfield Heritage Village. The village contains over 30 historic buildings on a 3.4 square kilometres (840 acres) site. The village is located just west of Rockton, Ontario, Canada.Brief historyIn 1961, the Westfield Pioneer Village Association was established by two Brantford, Ontario high schoolteachers, D. Glenn Kilmer and Golden Macdonnell, who purchased land near Rockton, Ontario, using their own money. Doreen Kilmer, a teacher and wife of Glenn Kilmer wasn't part of the Association. However, she participated equally in the development and management of Westfield. It acquired the original 30acre of land. Their goal was to save heritage buildings that were in danger of being destroyed and also to create a hands-on educational facility to teach pioneer life. Glenn Kilmer's father had been a builder and owner of Kilmer Lumber Company in Aylmer Ontario (subsequently sold to Beaver Lumber Co). Golden Macdonnell was a science teacher who had a keen interest in the history of Ontario. Both men were able to reconstruct the donated buildings which arrived at Westfield. Golden built the forges from fieldstone on the site and Doreen managed the General Store. The original name of the facility was the Westfield Pioneer Village. The Village unofficially opened in June 1963 and officially opened in 1964. Westfield Village was open to the public on weekends in June, September and October and during the summer holidays, seven days a week from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 pm. It provided jobs for students as well as ladies in the area who operated school tours. There were 12 buildings open at this time staffed by students. In May 1968 the former Wentworth County purchased the village for CAD $32,700. Ownership transferred to the Wentworth County on November 1, 1968.
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  • Went to a wedding at Westfield Village and was very surprised at the facility, there was a horse drawn carriage that took the guests from the parking lot to the wedding location, a beautiful gazebo in...  more »
  • What a great experience! Volunteers were very fabulous. Very welcoming, informative and non-intrusive. They let you explore and had great anecdotes for every corner of the village. It's a hidden gem y...  more »
  • I took my tween son with one of his friends for the maple syrup festival. We picked the perfect sunny day for it. We all had fun going around the different buildings and learning how things were done ...  more »
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  • What a great experience! Volunteers were very fabulous. Very welcoming, informative and non-intrusive. They let you explore and had great anecdotes for every corner of the village. It's a hidden gem you must go see!
  • Great place to spend the day with the family. Re-enactors take you through the early days of settlement with cool interactive demonstrations.
  • Had a fantastic time..the staff and volunteers were very friendly and informative. The costuming, historic buildings and material culture reflected a progression of 19th century periods.
  • Fantastic outing, must see. Kids and adults loved it, lots of interesting little shops and people showing life in the past. Forgot to mention it's great during the maple syrup Sean and there are horse rides too
  • Really interesting village. Does a nice job of telling the story of the area's history. The Maple Sugar display is worth seeing if you're there in March.