This pioneer village offers visitors a snapshot into the 19th century with authentic period houses, interactive exhibits and demonstrations by costumed actors.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village is the perfect place to discover the rich, rural heritage of Middlesex County. See a century of history come to life as costumed interpreters demonstrate pioneering life in traditional village houses, churches and shops. Take a tour through the museum and learn about the region’s history, from settlement to bustling township.
Experience daily life in the 19th century and discover historical farming practices, trades and pastimes from the period. Visit a woodworking shop, a blacksmith shop, a school and the town hall and local tavern, all much as they would have been 100 years ago.
Visit the Trinity Anglican Church, an excellent example of carpenter gothic architecture. The Corbett Tavern is an original log house from 1843. Don’t miss Peel House, the boyhood home of esteemed artist, Paul Peel.
Learn about the Middlesex County villages of Westminster, London, North Dorchester, Delaware and more on the museum’s comprehensive timeline display. Take a multimedia smartphone tour to watch videos and slideshows and learn about the different exhibits in French, English or Spanish.
Stop by the Denfield General Store to pick up a local handcrafted souvenir. The Pioneer Village Café offers snacks and lunchtime meals, made with local produce. Explore nearby Fanshawe Lake and try hiking, cycling, sailing or camping in the surrounding area.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village is located in the Fanshawe Conservation Area approximately a 20-minute drive from downtown London in Canada. The admission fee includes access to the scenic conservation area and a smartphone or self-guided tour. The village is open Tuesday to Friday year-round and is also open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer holidays.
Experience a century of history in a day at this time capsule village.