Ameliasburgh Heritage Village has grown from one building in 1968, to a complex of museum buildings and displays. The main structure was built in 1868 as a Wesleyan Methodist Church. It became a United Church in 1925 and served the community until 1967. Over the years, several additional buildings have been added to the site. A log cabin, display barns, an operational blacksmith shop, a carpenter’s shop, a sugar house, dairy and beekeeping buildings, a general store and a large stone building housing the Goldie Corliss 18 foot flywheel.
The village is also home to the de Vries Natural Heritage Collection – a collection of nearly 500 specimens of taxidermy, ranging from waterfowl to song birds to mammals, large and small, and fish. It has been deemed one of the finest private collections of taxidermy in the province.
While in Ameliasburgh, be sure to check out the Ameliasburgh Heritage Trail, which highlights sixteen unique locations in the village. The trail includes a number of stops within the museum grounds, but also along Coleman Street and County Road 19. The trail is sponsored by the Ameliasburgh Heritage Hub, a group of local heritage-focused organizations. You can find out more about them here.