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 wellhow ourancestors used to live. Dozens of buildings are open to the public on a land of 100 acres.