Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives

Welcome back

We are excited to welcome everyone to our reopening June 2022 with new offerings such as a mobile app and exhibits.

26557 Civic Centre Rd,
Keswick, ON
     
L4P 3G1         
Telephone: 905-476-4301, ext. 2284
Email: curator@georgina.ca

General Admission (Admission by Cash Donation)             

June 4 - Aug. 28 
Wed. - Sun.                             
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Main Office

Open year round  
Mon. - Fri.                             
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rentals at the Village

Exterior (Photos, Birthday Party, Events)

Permits are required for use of the grounds for ceremonies and photos. Please contact curator@georgina.ca for rental rates.

This includes the use of the grounds only. We ask that you check in upon your arrival with the staff member on-site and have your permit with you during your booking.

In order to secure a booking, please provide your preferred date and times along with your personal information such as an address, full name and phone number and we will provide you with a rental permit to be signed and returned.

Full payment will be due at the time of booking.

Please note that bookings are “rain or shine” and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather. Rescheduling may occur as long as you report to the Community Services Department the first business day following your booking.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office for assistance.

 

Interior & Weddings (Up to three buildings)

Permits are required for use of the grounds for ceremonies and photos. The Pioneer Village is not only unique but offers plenty of great vistas for taking memorable photographs and can accommodate large groups. Contact curator@georgina.ca for rental rates. A security damage deposit of $100 is added to your booking and refunded two weeks following your event pending a positive report from staff.

This includes the use of the grounds and up to three interior buildings. We ask that you check-in upon your arrival with the staff member on-site and have your permit with you during your booking.

In order to secure a booking, please provide your preferred date and times along with your personal information such as an address, full name and phone number and we will provide you with a rental permit to be signed and returned.

Full payment will be due at the time of booking.

Please note that bookings are “rain or shine” and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office for assistance.

For marriage ceremonies and licence information, visit the Marriage Ceremonies page.

Special events

Please refer to our Calendar of Events for upcoming events at the village. Visit the Georgina Historical Society for information on upcoming general meetings.

Archives

Archival Research (By Appointment Only)

Appointments are required for access to the archives and are subject to the availability of staff. Access is year-round, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Call or email with details of your query and staff will determine if fees are applicable. Payment can be made at the Customer Service desk at the Civic Centre, or (if from a distance) by phone. We will conduct a 'quick look-up' for information easily at hand, at no charge. 

Telephone: 905-476-4301 ext. 2284
Email: curator@georgina.ca

 

About us

About the Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives

Explore Georgina's rich history and the people and places of its past with a visit to the Pioneer Village and Archives.

Officially opened on Thanksgiving Day 1975 by Chief of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Lorenzo Big Canoe, the Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives is a veritable heritage showcase.

Located near the south shore of beautiful Lake Simcoe, this 10-acre site is home to numerous buildings that interpret the history of Georgina between 1850 and 1920, including a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, a train station, a blacksmith shop, an apothecary and a backwoods log house.

Pioneer Village also houses an extensive archival collection comprised of records created by the Councils of the former townships of Georgina and North Gwillimbury, as well as the Village of Sutton. In addition, the Archives contain a number of personal family documents, including land records, photographs, scrapbooks, bibles and related ephemera.

Heritage camps, tours, workshops and school visits are just some of the activities that take place throughout the season.

The village also hosts a number of popular special events, including: 

  • Rise to Rebellion: An Interactive Re-creation of the 1837 Rebellion for Grade 7 students in May.
  • Canada Day celebrations in true 19th-century style July 1.
  • A Harvest Festival each September celebrating the arrival of autumn with a display of vintage farm equipment, plenty of food, children's crafts, music, apple cider and historical demonstrations.
  • Kick off the holiday season by stepping back in time at the Old Fashioned Christmas in November when the village comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of an early settler Christmas.

For information, contact the Pioneer Village and Archives by email at curator@georgina.ca or by telephone at 905-476-4301, ext. 2284.

Pioneer Village red barn
Pioneer wagon

Planning to visit the Georgina Pioneer Village outside the regular season or looking for some history from the comfort of home? Take a (virtual) walk through historic Sutton and Jackson's Point with our historical Tour

 

*The storylines presented at the museum contain language and descriptions from historic records that may be upsetting or offensive.

Records from the historical collection at the Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives reflect the language and attitudes of the historical period in which they were created and the views of the creator. These may include derogatory language that is racist, sexist, ableist, and otherwise discriminatory. These attitudes may exclude diverse views on gender, sexuality and religion.

Historically the museum collected the material culture of a very specific demographic: heteronormative, literate white protestants. This colonizer's viewpoint is outdated and exclusive of the true identity of the population of Ontario at the time.

The museum is working towards a more inclusive view to its storytelling and we appreciate your patience as we work together with new partners to make that happen.

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd, RR 2
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.