Middleville, so named because it is located near the geographical middle of Lanark County is a pleasant 50 minute or so drive from Carleton Place in an area settled primarily by Scots who were unfortunate enough to be granted this miserable land. When I say miserable, I am thinking its relative isolation away from good waterways on rocky land that was not very conducive for pioneer farming. Of course, it's pretty enough to be attractive in this day and age.
The museum has dedicated itself to feature the early settlement history of the area. We found it to be delightful.
One of the first things we saw was a complete one-room log cabin has been reconstructed inside.
And here's a hearse with a manikin representing this actual attire of a diminutive lady who lived in the area.
And what would a Canadian pioneer museum be without including a sleigh for winter travel?
I loved this door to the old general store. A new store was built in the mid-forties, but now there is no store because Middleville is a very small place, making it difficult to support a store in an era when people are very mobile.
There was quite a lot more, and I will make at least one more post on this very interesting place.