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Wherever you are, you can now see what Pickering Museum Village looks like. Take a virtual tour of the Museum and immerse yourself in history! 

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Pickering Museum Village Site Map

Building Details

Please note that not all buildings listed above are described or shown below.

1. Robert A. Miller BuildingRobert A. Miller Building
This building houses the Gift Shop and Admissions, public restroom facilities, a defibrillator, and the administration offices.


2. Puterbaugh Schoolhouse, c. 1830Puterbaugh Schoolhouse
This one-room school was donated by the Puterbaugh family.  An activity booklet available in the Gift Shop demonstrates school days of the 1830s.


4. Path to the Museum Village
Path to the Museum VillageThis scenic path leads through a wooded landscape and across Duffins Creek. A route from Lake Ontario and a source of power for the mills, Duffins Creek was very important to the early development of the area.


Lean-To Shelter5. Lean-To
Early settlers lived under a lean-to until a log shanty could be constructed. Crops were the first priority; trees were girdled and seeds sown among the stumps to ensure a harvest to see the family through the winter.


6. Log Barn
Log BarnBuilt of rough logs, this barn is dovetailed and pegged with trenails. It is actually two barns joined together. A barn master positioned barns to guide winds through doors and across the threshing floor. Once flailed, the wind would help to winnow the chaff from the grain. On display are grain-related tools and a loom used for weaving rag rugs. When the barns were joined, the east end would have served as the stable.


7. Log House, c. 1830
Log HouseBuilding a house and clearing land were conditions of receiving the land title. One large room served as kitchen, living room, and bedroom. This home had an earthen floor, windows stretched with oiled cloth and a blanket door. If a settler could afford it, doors, a floor, and eventually windows were added. Originally located at Brimley Road and Sheppard Avenue, this building represents a settler's home after approximately seven years.


8. Collins House, c. 1850
Collins HouseThis home comes from Reach Township, just north of Chalk Lake. The deed for the land was dated 1811. The house is representative of a tradesman's home in the mid-1850s. Vertical siding forms the structure, the walls are painted plaster, the space divided into rooms, and there is a cast-iron stove for heating and cooking. The housewife in this home supplements the family income with butter and candle making. 


9.  Brougham Temperance House, c. 1850Brougham Temperance House
Originally in Brougham, this building is two structures joined together to form a hotel. They were built using the vertical plank method, but unlike the Collins House that remained exposed with battens, these buildings were covered with horizontal siding. Evidence indicates that woodstoves were used for heating and cooking. The east wing was a private dwelling. James Woodruff operated this tavern as a temperance inn. It played a key role in society and politics. The Brougham Sons of Temperance, met frequently in this inn, as did the Pickering Township Council. Dances were held upstairs in the flop room.


10. Church Drive Shed, c. 1860
Church Drive ShedOriginally part of the Methodist Church in Balsam, but moved to the Mount Zion Church, this shed sheltered horses and vehicles of parishioners.


11. Bible Christian Chapel, 1853
Bible Christian ChapelSimple in structure and furnishings, this 1853 Chapel was built by a splinter group of Methodists known as Bible Christians.  It originally sat on Lot 24, Concession 5, but was moved to the William Major farm around 1890 after the Church closed.  The box pulpit, wainscoting, and front doors are original. In 2001, The Pickering Museum Village Foundation took the lead in refurbishing the interior of the building. Pews were re-created using one original as the template; volunteers painted the interior and faux wood-grained the pews, and a local blacksmith created the hanging, wrought iron light fixtures. This building is a popular location for weddings and filming.


12.  Miller-Cole House, c. 1870
Miller-Cole HouseOriginally built in 1840 near the intersection of 16th Avenue and Concession Rd. #9, the deed was received in 1857 by Luton Miller and sold in 1881 to Amos Cole. It depicts the rural home of an established, but not wealthy, farm family. The stacked plank construction (see kitchen wall) demonstrates the abundance of timber at the time. The backyard features a four-square kitchen garden, and laundry area.


13. Combination Barn, c. 1875
Combination BarnThis barn represents one of the most common barn architectural styles in Ontario known as "Three Bay" or "English-style".  The barn is called a "combination barn" because it mixes livestock and grain under one roof.  It originally stood on Lot 18, Concession 6 of Pickering Township.  Inside, a new permanent exhibit explores farming in Ontario in the 1850s to 1870s and highlights the Pickering farmers who led the province in purebred stockbreeding.  Designed for children or the young at heart, activities include milking our demonstration cow "Buttercup", grooming our demonstration horse "Clyde" and preparing grain for animal feed.


14.  Beef Ring Barn, c. 1870
Beef Ring BarnThis building was used by a cooperative of farmers. Each family supplied a cow or steer and shared the cuts, ensuring fresh meat. The cooperatives, or beef rings, died out with the advent of ice boxes and freezers.  


15. Blacksmith and Woodshop, c. 1856Blacksmith and Woodshop
Donated by Miss Edna Green, whose family owned and operated the Greenwood Mills, this shop was built on Concession Road #6, (across from the museum site). It served as a blacksmith and wagon making business. Many tools are original to the building. Also original to this building is the hemlock floor, known for its fire retardant properties.


16. Odd Fellows' Hall, c. 1869Oddfellows' Hall
Originally a Christian Church in Whitevale, this building was sold to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at the turn of the century. Today, it represents a Town Hall, and is a popular location for weddings and filming.


17. Duffin's Creek General Store / Dressmaker's Shop, c. 1910
Duffin's Creek General Store & Dressmaker's ShopBuilt about 1855 this building and the Brougham Temperance House once shared a porch. This building has served as a harness shop, County Office, and home. As the Museum Village's General Store, it serves as a post office and community centre. Set in 1910, it shows electricity use which was just being introduced to Pickering Township. Upstairs is a dressmaker's shop, one of few professions appropriate for women.


18. Redman House Program Centre
Redmond House Program CentreThis frame house was built by Thomas Redman between 1851 and 1860 on Balsam Road, Pickering, Lot 5, Concession 6. The City of Pickering acquired the house and moved it to the Museum Village in 2005. Our guests may access the public washrooms and a defibrillator at the south entrance.  


20.  Demonstration Shed
This shed is used as a small stage for interpretive purposes at events, and for on-site programs.


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