We took a family visit to Fort Langley months ago, when the daffodils were only just beginning to bloom. Now that it is much warmer we headed out to see the actual fort, and it was really worth the wait!
If you have been following along with our adventures you will know we like our history around here. Entering the fort is a mini-lesson in history (and a bit of time travel!)
(This amazing bench is one of several made of cut tree sections wired together and set on castors. Cowboy was busy investigating the construction and will hopefully be making us one when his barn is complete…)
After the artifacts and curios in the lobby…
… we passed through the small garden filled with shadows of the past…
…and then through the gates and 150 years (or so) back in time:
This museum is a lot like Burnaby Village as it has docents dressed in period costumes acting out the roles typical of daily fort life.
Our first stop was the blacksmith shop – children actually get to suit up and bang metal on an anvil to make functional hooks. My kids are always up for hammering.
We visited the fort toward the end of the day and therefore participated in the bell ringing and flag lowering to end the day “of trading post business”.
We finished our visit with a thorough look into the “big house” – the home of the “boss” running the fort – and I indulged my own “to the manor born” day dreams…
Our last stop was the big house garden and animal enclosure:
(Such a cute bunny. Mimi thinks it’s time we had another bunny around here. Is it time? This one reminded me of all the houses in Switzerland with hutches, and Barbara telling me that a house with a bunny hutch means children live there… A very different story from Benvin’s Dalmatia and the “four legged chickens”…)
Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Glad you are along for the ride! A parting thought: