A magical place where stories and history come alive!
An important part of Telling Tales’ success is due to our location. The Festival is held at the historic Westfield Heritage Village, a living history museum. This year marks the Village’s 50th anniversary! We want to congratulate Westfield and all their volunteers for the hard work they do at Telling Tales and throughout the year.
Westfield’s first building was the Jerseyville Railway Station. This Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo (TH&B) Railway station was originally built in 1896 and operated between Hamilton and Brantford.
With over 35 historic buildings from across southern Ontario all you have to do is step through the gates of time to experience what life was like in the late 1700s right up to the early 1900s.
Costumed interpreters bring history to life, show you how things were made back then and answer all your questions. Visitors can explore log homes, churches, see how horseshoes are made at the blacksmith shop, buy old-fashioned candy at the general store, and even get a train “ticket” from the conductor at the railway station. Westfield Heritage Village is part of the Hamilton Conservation Authority and opened its doors on June 13, 1964. The Village was founded by two high school teachers from Brantford – Glenn Kilmer and Goldie MacDonell.
The founders of Westfield Heritage Village – D. Glenn Kilmer and Golden (Goldie) L. MacDonell.
“They saw how history was being taught at the school and knew that if someone was able to experience it in 3D – to go see and touch the buildings, see the artifacts and see people recreating that time period, that it would just bring history to life,” explains Rondalyn Brown, manager of Westfield Heritage Village for the past 33 years.
Westfield is a very unique and special place. It’s set out in the country, so it’s a quiet and peaceful setting away from modern conveniences. That’s why it’s such a perfect venue to host Telling Tales.
Costumed interpreters exploring nature as they step back in time at Westfield Heritage Village.
“Telling Tales is a special day for families to set aside technology and enjoy the simpler things in life – listen to stories, sway along to the music, have a picnic lunch under a tree and just spend time together as a family,” says Lisa Hunter, Program Coordinator at Westfield Heritage Village.
Congratulations to Westfield Heritage Village for bringing history to life for the past half century!
Westfield’s 50th Birthday Party will be held on Sunday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton. For more information, please visit www.WestfieldHeritage.ca.
“Jerseyville Railway station” and “Westfield founders” photos courtesy of Westfield Heritage Village.