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Today in Island History
1745 New Englanders detached from the siege of Louisburg raid and burn Pierre Roma's fishing and trading settlement at Three Rivers (Brudenell Point). It is the last blow for Roma's struggling colony, established only 13 years earlier. For good measure, the raiders also burn Port La Joye.
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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.

Cost: $10 in addition to admission fee.

Musical Experience

Visitors gather in the hall for about 45 minutes of Scottish fiddling and square dancing. Learn about jigs and reels. 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 to dance a "Souris Set". 

Farming 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.

Blacksmithing 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.

July 1: Canada Day Fun

Music and tours with cake and other treats.

New Concert Series: Ireland Meets Scotland

The concert tells the story of Celtic music through historical events from the Jacobite uprising, Irish potato famine and through to migration to the new world. Every Friday at 7:30 pm.
 Admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. 
* Special package available for wagon ride, supper at Macphail Homestead and Ireland Meets Scotland Show! Reservations 903-651-2789
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Old Farm Day


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.