Welcome to Lang Pioneer Village Museum

At Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Peterborough County’s history is brought to life as costumed interpreters welcome you into over 30 homes and businesses located in the picturesque village. Representing a full century in time, the Village will not only take you back in time, but also through time. Costumed interpreters show the settler story of hardship and hope as they demonstrate traditional chores, trades and pastimes. Learn about the history and culture of local First Nations at Aabnaabin Camp, a partnership with Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nation; explore a working 175-year old Grist Mill; discover the early technology which led to the development of the computer at the Weaver Shop, hear the sounds of history all around you – the hammer striking the anvil in the Blacksmith Shop, the ringing of the school bell, the bleating of heritage sheep, the creak of the woodstove opening and so much more. We invite you to come visit us today. It’s where history is happening!

Land Use Agreement

We respectfully acknowledge that Lang Pioneer Village Museum is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil and Georgina Island First Nations.

Lang Pioneer Village Museum respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity, and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop was essential to the life of any 19th-century community. The blacksmith, so named because he works with black iron, would “iron” sleighs and wagons, make tools and architectural hardware and do repairs. He was also knowledgeable as a ferrier, shoeing horses. He could make most of his own equipment.

The Blacksmith Shop at Lang Pioneer Village Museum was built in Warsaw Ontario in 1859 and restored to 1880. The Shop was built by Daniel Kidd, who began his apprenticeship in Keene at the age of 15. The blacksmith shop was closed in 1940 and the building and its contents were donated to Lang Pioneer Village Museum in 1967 when the Museum opened.