What was once a thriving family farm, Kawartha Settlers’ Village is now home to a fascinating collection of over 20 historic homes and buildings. Experience what life was like for pioneers in the Kawartha’s as you stroll leisurely through the Village and discover artifacts from 1830 – 1935.
Kawartha Settlers’ Village which was established in 1990 with the goal to preserve the history and culture of the Bobcaygeon area which was slowly disappearing. Today, the Village is run by the Kawartha Region Arts and Heritage Society.
Take a walk on the wild side…..
Come visit our Nature Trail and Environmental Park with a myriad of plant-life, wild flowers, trees and shrubs.
Also, a great area for bird watchers as a wide variety of birds found in the Kawartha’s may be spotted throughout the year.
The Nature Trail on the same site as Kawartha Settlers’ Village, meanders around the perimeter, so as you stroll along you will catch glimpses of log homes and historic buildings – and perhaps a sketcher or two – adding to the tranquil atmosphere.
Courses and Classes
Many different groups meet at Kawartha Settlers’ Village and use the Henderson House and Wray House as their meeting place. Kawartha Settlers’ Village could not survive without the support of the groups and new members are always welcome!
The following groups meet at Settlers’ Village:
• Beginner’s Watercolour/Acrylic – Wednesday Mornings
• Bunka – Tuesday Afternoons
• Caygeon Carvers – Tuesday Afternoons
• Settlers’ Village Artists Meet Monday Mornings
• Settlers’ Village Quilters’ Guild – Regularly on Tuesdays and Monthly on the Third Tuesday
• Thursty Painters Meet Thursday Mornings from March to June and August to December (Intermediate Level)
• Village Artists – Monday Mornings in Henderson House
School Day Program
We invite teachers and students to participate in our Settlers’ Studies Day Trip program in June of each year, where we provide hands-on activities such as:
- making butter and rope
- spinning wool
- grinding wheat and planting seeds
- baking in our replica outdoor oven
- washing clothes
Tours are also conducted of our Settlers’ School House, Blacksmith Shop, General Store, and more (time permitting).
Kawartha Settlers’ Village is a hands-on history lesson, where children can learn how their pioneer Grandparents and Great-Grandparents lived in their younger years. Please come and see what we have to offer, we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised.