Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at the northern edge of Toronto on Steeles Avenue West and abutting York University. I have been there twice. The first time was during a salute to Black History - the month dedicated to that subject here is February but this occasion was in July, 2003 and the trees were in full leaf.
Leaving the hall where the singing and dancing were going on, I wandered through the rest of the Village. All of the buildings on the site are authentic (right to the furnishings and decor) and were hauled in from other locations - especially where destruction was threatened by development.
And all of them would have shopped here - the Village Emporium.
Perhaps they would have worshiped here.
The primary source of income in many pioneer settlements was agriculture
On a Sunday afternoon in July, 2003,a group of us went to Black Creek to witness a Civil War battle re-enactment. The battles were not staged by local people but by a group who were visiting from Kentucky. We visitors stood on the sidelines and watched the skirmishing.
First, though, was a visit to a hall where a Black woman - a part of the visiting group - was lecturing about the American Civil War.
I stood with other people beside the road while hoping that the 'bullets' were blanks! It was fun - actually - and I found the eagerness of boys in the group to become seriously engaged amusing.
Union soldiers firing at the 'enemy'
Bringing arms to the battle
I have no idea what they were doing at this moment - but I think that they were enjoying themselves!
I have never been fond of guns - nor of battles - but that was both interesting and fun!