Historic village of Cumberland

I went last May to Buckingham near Ottawa, on the border between Quebec and Ontario. The weather was nice. As I didn’t know the region at all, I looked on my GPS to find a place to visit as I had a day off. It showed me a historic village.

Fond of history, I like to remember how our ancestors, not so long ago, lived in this country. So I programmed my GPS and followed the road … which led me initially to Masson-Angers where I had to take a ferry to go to the other side of the Des Outaouais River, to Cumberland more precisely. A few minutes later, I was at the historic village.

The touristic season just began so the village was relatively empty. I have been warmly greeted by hosts, all very generous with their knowledge and kindness: the lady at the grocery store, the old lady in the garden, the printer, the blacksmith and others.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum contains a treasure of some 19,000 artifacts that tell the human Ottawa past beyond past history books. English and French speaking.

This village has been reconstructed by collecting ancestral houses located in several places in the region. It is therefore not an original old village but it shows well how our ancestors used to live. Dozens of buildings are open to the public on a land of 100 acres.

For more information, visit their web page.

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The train station at the entrance of the village

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The old board schedules on which
the station master wrote with a chalk

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Old houses

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General store

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The general store with cans, teas and other boxes containing food … at old time!

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The “mops” (left, white), brooms,
forks, watering cans and washboards

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Herbs ready to be planted and some flowers

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The hardware side of the general store, more for men 😉

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The school

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The unique classroom

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Teacher’s desk

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An old barn behind a century-old house

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A row of student desks with the stove that heated the room, at the left back

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The cabinet with the slates and notebooks

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The printery

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Manually printing machines

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Cabinet with drawers that contain thousands of letters that were used to create the newpapers and a newer machine that automatically created letters

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Old tractor

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Old car and old tractor

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Blacksmith

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Barn, sawmill and carpentry

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Piglets have a rest in the courtyard of the barn …

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Carpentry

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Carpentry

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The tractor let the motor of the mill turn

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Garage

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A nice family home

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Its kitchen, avant-garde at the time with a stove (bottom front of the window), in addition to wood stove

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Antique washing machine and
wooden shapes to dry wool socks

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Universal bread maker (1904)

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One of the first sink with taps with running water

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Chapel

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Inside the chapel

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L'arrière de la gare

Back of the train station

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About the train station

Photos and videos : Dominique Jeanneret

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