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Orwell Corner Historic Village - PEI

rd to charlottetown storyBeing a lover of historic villages, I was interested in Orwell Corner and was pleased we took the time to visit. This used to be a busy agricultural village on the cross road to Charlottetown. It was founded in the early 19th century by Scots and settled by families from the Isle of Skye, Ireland.

outside church for storyMany of the people living in Orwell are descents of the original settlers and in 1970 the Provincial Centennial Commission combined with community volunteers, restored numerous buildings on their original site back to what they were, representing life in 1895. The site opened in 1973 and is now administered by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation partnered with community volunteers of the Orwell Corner Pioneer Village Corporation.

The entrance building provides a lot of historical information including the written stories told on a serious of boards complete with photos of people who lived the life of the village as well as examples of actual machinery of the era. This leads to the village complete with a school, church, well stocked general store, dressmakers shop, working forge and livestock barn complete with horses, lambs, hens, pigs and cats among other buildings.

insice school for story

There is a lot to see, so as with all self tours, you can walk through the village and if you have the time, talk with the staff dressed in costume about who lived in the village and what life was like. You can also enjoy tea and lunch in the tea room located in the hall.

There are a lot of artifacts in the buildings and the general store and you are provided with a small book outlining the buildings and some information about them.inside general store for story

A peaceful place to visit and soak in PEI rural history. There was also, at the time we visited, history in the making as there was a public archaeology dig of a house that had been abandoned in the 1920’s and fallen down. Part of Orwell Corner, the dig so far has found regular household items dating from 1870. The dig is public because everyone visiting the historical village is invited to dig with some training and help from the staff at Aboriginal Affairs and Archaeology. The staff are also happy to show and explain what they have already found.

 

 

Orwell Corner Historic Village

  • the village is home to many live animals, sheep waiting to get in the barn
    Sheep at the Door

    the village is home to many live animals, sheep waiting to get in the barn

  • rows of wooden desks, students leaving their mark from generations ago
    Old Wooden Desks

    rows of wooden desks, students leaving their mark from generations ago

  • the simple interior of the church, an important part of the community
    Inside the Church

    the simple interior of the church, an important part of the community

  • on the way out of the village, view of the church and cemetery
    Church and Cemetery

    on the way out of the village, view of the church and cemetery

  • The general store, one of two that existed in the village in 1895
    General Store

    The general store, one of two that existed in the village in 1895

  • part of the buildings in the village with the sheep in the pasture
    Village with Sheep in the Pasture

    part of the buildings in the village with the sheep in the pasture

  • the Union Jack, Queen Victoria, old wooden floors, quite a difference from the school rooms we remember
    Inside the Old School House

    the Union Jack, Queen Victoria, old wooden floors, quite a difference from the school rooms we remember

  • an old hearse, horse driven in 1895
    The Last Ride

    an old hearse, horse driven in 1895

  • The bright red school house
    Red School House

    The bright red school house

  • walk in the store and so much to see on the shelves
    Inside the General Store

    walk in the store and so much to see on the shelves

  • an important part of a community where iron works were so important
    The Working Forge

    an important part of a community where iron works were so important

  • iron wheels up against an old fence in the village
    Work of the Forge

    Iron wheels up against an old fence in the village

  • life in a rural village 1895

    life in a rural village 1895

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