Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the life of a villager in the 1860s with Sherbrooke Village’s new program, Step Into 1867.
The program, made possible by support from the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund, immerses participants in the role of a villager by having them wear costumes, follow social etiquette, and try the hands-on activities of village life.
“This program plays a significant role in preserving and sharing our province’s rich culture and heritage,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “It’s amazing that 150 years later, we can open a window to Nova Scotia’s past, and give people the opportunity to experience what it was like to live in the 1860s.”
Step Into 1867 offers three levels of participation. Participants can choose to be a witness and observe village life in the 1860s, an explorer and dress in heritage costume or a discoverer where they will be fully immersed in a villager’s role.
“Step Into 1867 is our effort to immerse everyone in the life and times of our year of Confederation,” said Stephen Flemming, executive director of Sherbrooke Village. “How better to appreciate our country today than to see how it was in the beginning and to hear from our ancestors about their aspirations for the future? Only at Sherbrooke Village can you get beamed back in time and experience 1867 in costume.”
The program will begin on Saturday, July 1 and will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until September 24.
Sherbrooke Village is an authentic heritage village and the largest of the provincial museums with 25 original buildings. In the year of Confederation it was a bustling community rich from gold and shipbuilding.
For more information on Step Into 1867, and to book ahead, visit: http://sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca/experiences/step-1867.
Excellence in cultural stewardship and supporting and enhancing our commitment to be true stewards of the province’s cultural and natural worlds are vital parts of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The full plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture.