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Today in Island History
1850 The brig Fanny, carrying 43 eager Island gold-seekers, arrives in San Francisco. Their departure seized the imagination of the whole colony. But there will be no fortunes for the Fanny's prospectors in the gold fields.
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Orwell Corner Events and Exhibits

Our Piggies

For information about Orwell Corner call 651-8515 or email –


Experiences will run from Monday to Friday or by appointment on the weekend.  A small charge of 10 dollars will be applied in addition to the admission fee.  Experiences will happen twice a day and group sizes will be restricted to what is manageable within each experience.  10-15 people for farming and fiddling and approximately 5 people for blacksmithing.

July 1 - Canada Day Fun

Music and tours, with some cake and other treats!   Lots to see and do!

Musical Experience

 Visitors that opt for this experience will gather in the hall for about 45 minutes of Scottish fiddling and square dancing.  They will learn about jigs, reels and how that music played a part in the lives of Islanders, how it moved to the new world and how it is still passed down in modern times.  They will be shown how to, and take part in the dancing of a "Souris Set."

Farming Experience

Visitors that opt for this experience will work with the farmer for approximately an hour.  They will learn the history of the Canadian horse breed, how to harness the horses and have a chance to guide a plow as it is pulled through the red soil.  Depending on the time in the season, visitors will get to do things like reap buck wheat to feed to the pigs or scuffle potatoes behind the team.

Blacksmithing Experience

Visitors will get to speak to the blacksmith about the history of the art.  They will learn about the best fuels for the forge, where the iron came from in 1895, in comparison to modern materials.  They will be guided through forging their own item and get to leave the site with this little token of their experience.

New Concert Series Every Friday Night!

 "Ireland Meets Scotland"

The concerts tell the story of Celtic music through historical events from the Jacobite uprising, Irish potato famine and through migration to the new world. 
Friday nights at 7:30.  15 dollars for adults, 7.50 for children



Horse pull - Details to be announced as it gets closer,
but the event is being planned for August.



Old Farm Day - Saturday September 2.  Information to come.


School Tours and Programming for Summer and Fall 2017

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

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 ice cream making, 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.