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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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  • It is a wonderful site for the whole family. A look into a our recent past, not only buildings but also human contact and an incredible knowledge in the kind volunteers.  more »
  • Wonderful old century village recreation. Great to walk through and read the history of the various buildings.  more »
  • A beautiful place. Better than movie scenario. You back in time and finds himself living together. Not to be missed in this region of Canada.
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  • Great place to explore! Also it would be a good place for the children to learn more about the local lifestyle in the early 20th century. Only challenge is the parking....
  • I love this place and the great events that they host. We go here yearly for their telling takes festival, Christmas and maple syrup festivals. The history is very interesting and the grounds are a nice place for a family to get out for a walk and a picnic in the gazebo.
  • Great place to take a young child, lots to see and do and the staff are amazing.
  • This is an excellent educational establishment with a group of highly dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers genuinely excited when visitors show interest. We learned a lot about Canadian society and people and the way they lived and worked in the nineteenth and twentieth century thanks to the volunteers. Our only problem was that we arrived too late to do the whole site justice and following an ice storm the paths were muddy.
  • Wonderful volunteers for all the events they put on. We went for the Telling Tales Festival and the kids really enjoy it.