Lang Pioneer Village Museum
104 Lang Rd.
Keene, Ontario, K0L 2G0
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Lang Pioneer Village Museum, was established by the County of Peterborough in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area.
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Established in 1967, Lang Pioneer Village Museum is an outdoor museum that features over 30 restored and recreated buildings. Discover the history, language and culture of the Michi Saagiig (Mississaguas) at Aabnaabin Camp. Costumed interpreters also demonstrate the settler story as they demonstrate the life and trades of a settler in the 1800’s. Many of the buildings were relocated to the Village from within Peterborough County in order to preserve the region’s history. Lang Pioneer Village nestles the shores of the Indian River and boasts a fully-operational Grist Mill and a Weaver Shop which houses one of only a handful authentic Jacquard looms on display in North America as well as a fully-operational replica loom. This rare exhibit offers the exceptional opportunity to see the workings of the loom closely from above on a mezzanine. Lang Pioneer Village is the perfect location to retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern living and experience Peterborough County’s history come to life.
“Lang Pioneer Village serves to protect and promote the history of Peterborough County. The museum has become a regional leader in the preservation and interpretation of our cultural assets. In 2015, Lang partnered with Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations to establish the Aabnaabin First Nations site at the museum. Lang also completed a shoreline naturalization project in partnership with the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Tree Canada and Siemens Canada. They planted 272 trees and shrubs. Species included shellbark hickory, hazelnut, chestnut, elderberry and chokecherry which were used by early settlers for food, furniture, shelter, and dyes. Collectively, these projects provide great opportunities for future programs.” As a reflection of these initiatives Lang was a recipient of a 2016 Sustainable Peterborough Award.
For the Literary Tourist: It was during the 19th century that two of Canada’s celebrated female authors, Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill, were living in the area of Peterborough & the Kawarthas. They wrote about what it was like for pioneer women to live in agricultural Peterborough County and what Moodie would call “the bush”. We are so fortunate to have the works of these two sisters to provide us with insights into what life was like at that time. In fact, the museum even uses the works of Moodie and Parr Traill to help reproduce authentic conditions that were experienced by pioneer settlers in the 1830s. With such strong ties to the literary culture of the area, literary tourists will not want to miss this experience!