Glengarry Pioneer Museum 

museum image old log home with site entrance sign.jpgThe Glengarry Pioneer Museum
1645 County Road 30, R.R.#1
Dunvegan, ON
K0C 1J0

Phone: (613) 527-5230

Visit the Pioneer Museum website for more information.



News & Events

1867 Confederation Gala

April 8, 2017 Cocktails at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm

Join us at the Glengarry Sports Palace for our celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday.  The evening will be filled with dinner, dancing, special speakers, live entertainment, and a silent auction.  Tickets to this fundraising event are $60 each or $450 for a table of 8.  Contact the museum for details on ticket purchasing.


Annual General Meeting

April 21, 2017 6:00 pm Potluck

The Annual General Meeting is open to anyone interested in museum business. The evening will start with a pot luck dinner at 6:00, so bring your favorite dish. It's a great way to meet the Board and socialize with the growing museum community. The evening will feature a Guest speaker and a preview of the 2017 season at the museum.

Located at the DRA Hall in Dunvegan.


Opening Weekend

May 20 - 21, 2017

Spring is in the air and the museum is officially open for the 2017 season!  Come check out our new exhibits celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday and get the scoop on all of the events planned for the 2017 season.


Confederation Talk and Victorian Tea

May 21, 2017 Talk at 2:00 pm to be followed by Tea at 3:00 pm

To kick off the season Mr. Dane Lanken will delight us with a talk on Confederation.  Following Mr. Lanken's talk, the museum will host a Victorian Tea.


Smith-In: Blacksmith Festival

June 3, 2017

The museum grounds will be filled with the sounds of blacksmiths hard at work! There will be fun and interesting activities for the whole family!


Historical Driving Tour

June 17, 2017

Don't miss this popular tour! Hop in your car with a group of friends and get ready to join the convoy of participants in exploring various historical sites throughout Glengarry and Prescott. A guest speaker will be at each location and lunch is provided. Pre-Registration is required. Call the museum or send us an e-mail to reserve your spot.


What's It Worth and Antique Day 

August 19, 2017

The museum welcomes back the popular antique and appraisal day.  In addition to your antique appraisals, this event will feature antique cars and tractors for the vehicle enthusiast in your family.  Join staff and volunteers for a guided tour of the buildings along with demonstrations and fun for the whole family!


Harvest Fall Festival des récoltes

September 10, 2017 11 am - 4 pm/Le 10 septembre, 2017 11 h √† 16 h

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to this Festival at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in the village of Dunvegan. This rural community comes together to help put on an amazing day of pioneer harvest demonstrations, a horse-drawn carriage parade, live music, pioneer craft demonstrators and a harvest tent filled with preserves, local produce, baking and heritage plants. There is something for all ages, from the children's games and petting zoo, to taking in a threshing demonstration and walk through the 1860s Star Inn and other historic buildings. There is something different every year!


War of 1812 Re-enactment Weekend

September 23 & 24, 2017 - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00, Sunday 10:00 - 3:00

Experience 19th century military life...right up close and personal. The Glengarry Light Infantry and other Living History reenactor groups such as the 1812 Civilians and Native Allies are setting up camp at the Museum. Let your children don uniforms and take part in muster rolls. Learn how they lived, watch musket demos, and step back in time! Different activities will be scheduled for each day. Food and refreshments will be on site. 



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War of 1812 Re-enactment

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General Information on the Museum:

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum first opened in 1962 under the auspices of the Glengarry Historical Society. Its stated mandate was to preserve and display the artifacts and history of the early Glengarry settlers including the Native North Americans, the Scots and the French. The museum is open for viewing Tuesday to Sunday 10 - 5. 

The Pioneer Museum includes a miniature Pioneer Village comprised of seven buildings:

  • The Star Inn is the oldest bar in Ontario, and once served as a hospice on the Montreal-Ottawa stagecoach line.
  • The Livery Shed was integral to the stagecoach route allowing drivers to change horses.
  • The Roxborough Township Hall saw active service as a municipal building until moving to the Museum site in 1985.
  • The pioneer vintage Cheese Factory from Lancaster is representative of the many like factories that once dotted the Glengarry landscape.
  • Olivier Hamelin's Blacksmith Shop from Apple Hill has a long history and, indeed, Olivier Hamelin was the last working full-service Blacksmith in Glengarry.
  • The Museum has two barns:
    1) the Campbell Barn which houses the Museum's agricultural artifacts
    2) the Stewart Barn, home to the Museum's winter collection.
  • The Trappers cabin Angus MacRae's
  • The Laggan one room school
  • The Orange Lodge
  • The William's Pavillon (for community use, events, etc)