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1919 The new federal leader, Mackenzie King, is elected by acclamation to represent Prince County in the House of Commons. His tenure in Ottawa is record-breaking his incumbency in Prince County is brief.
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Orwell Corner Events and Exhibits

School Tours 

School programming is tailored for grades 1 to 6 and includes guided tours of all village buildings, a scheduled lunch break followed by hands-on activities including a visit with the blacksmith, candle making as well as a horse and wagon ride (weather permitting). Teachers may call (902) 651-8515 to book a tour.


Experience Orwell

Experiences run Monday to Friday or on weekends by appointment. Experiences are scheduled twice a day. Group size: Limited to 10 to 15 people for farming and fiddling and up to 5 people for blacksmithing.

1 Hour Experiences
Visitors can choose to do one of our Farm, Fiddle, Forge expierences for $10 plus the cost of admission.

  Fiddle Experience


Visitors gather in the hall for about 45 minutes of Scottish fiddling and square dancing. Discover how music moved to the new world, played a part in the lives of Islanders and it remains part of our modern times. Demonstrations to learn about jigs and reels and how to dance a "Souris Set". 


Farm Experience


Visitors will work with our farmer for about an hour. You will learn the history of the Canadian horse breed, how to harness the horses and have the chance to guide a plow as it is pulled through the red soil. Depending on the time of the season, visitors will learn to reap buck wheat to feed to the pigs or scuffle potatoes behind the team.
 
  Forge Experience

Visitors will learn the history of the art of the blacksmith. You will come to understand the best fuels for the forge as well as the best source for iron in 1895 as compared to modern materials. Be guided through forging your own item and leave the site with a token of your experience.



 
NEW THIS SEASON 3 Hour Experiences
3 hour experiences include the package of your choice and a meal. The cost of the 3 hour experiences is $39.00 plus taxes.

Farm, Fiddle, Forge Experience
Begin the experience by working with the farmer to harness up the draft horses and get a driving lesson. Hitch the team to teh carriage and take them for a ride around the village. Then visit the blacksmith shop to get step by step instructions on how to forge your own keepsake of the day. Once done there, visit the hall and take part in a traditional Scottish house party with our site fiddler. After spinning your partner around the floor, enjoy a traditional meal prepared by Orwell's cook.

Bread and Butter Experience
Visitors will have the opportunity to experince from start to finish, the process of making Scottish sourdough bread and butter to put on it! The experience begins with a visit to the field to harvest some grain with a scythe and bring a bushel back to the barn yard. Once there, they will go through the process of grinding the grain into flour, the main ingredient in the bread. From there, the visitors will being collecting the ingredients to make the butter by milking the goat at the milking station.

Once the ingredients are collected, they will be taught the art of creating Scottish sourdough in the kitchen of the community hall. Once the bread is cooking in the oven, visitors will use a small, table top churn to make cream into butter. After the bread and butter are both finshed, visitors get to eat the bread that they created themselves, coated with delicious, hand-made butter!


Tree to Trinket

Visitors have the opportunity to create their own, personailzed keepsake in this experience. Working directly with our farmer, the group will head to the woods to take down a tree the old fashioned way and drag it back to the village with Tartan, our 12 year old Canadian draft horse. Once back at the woodworking shop, the group will use a two person buck saw to slice rounds off of the log. The slices will then be branded with Orwell's logo using our branding iron in the forge. Once branded, they can choose to leave the piece round or cut out the pattern of the logo on our foot powered treadle saw. This experience is accompanied by a traditional meal, served in the community hall.



July 1:

Canada Day Fun Music and tours with cake and other treats, along with games and other fun activites for children and a flag raising ceremony.

 

Ceilidh at the Corner

Experience PEI's living tadition of music, song, dance and cheer. A show for all ages set in the Community Hall on our site. Heart-pumping fiddle tunes, step dancing, and local songs wrapped in vocal harmonies. Enjoy the spirit of PEI's traditional music living and thriving today!
 
Ceilidh's are every Thursday from June 27- August 29

Admission to the ceilidh is $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for children 12 and under.

Make an evening of it and have a scenic carriage ride from Orwell Corner to MacPhail Homestead where you will enjoy a delicious 3-course meal before returning to Orwell in the carriage in time to see the show.
This package (carriage ride, dinner, & ceilidh) is $50 per person, $25 for children 12 and under.

Performances by Ward MacDonald, Hailee Lefort, Thomas Harrington, and Taylor Johnston
Spcial Guests:
July 4th - Kevin Chaisson
July 11th - Jesse Periard
July 25th - Black is the Colour (Keith Mullen, Mary Ellen Hurle, & Rob Drew debut their new trio)

To make a reservation please call (902) 651-8515

 

Children's Programming

July and August for children aged 6 to 14

We make visiting Orwell Corner fun for your children. Under staff supervision, regular activities include candle making, farm chores, treasure hunting for knowledge, gardening, rope making and a visiting the blacksmith. Check with the admissions clerk on arrival for schedule.

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