Some good news from our friends at the

552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario
The Provincial Board of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario and the Erland Lee Community Committee are pleased to announce the Erland Lee (Museum) Home is once again open to the Public.


SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013 – 2 TO 4 PM
The Home will also be participating in
Hamilton Doors Open Activities May 4 & 5, 2013

CONTACT 905-662-2691 OR VISIT
Hours of operation after April 21st are:
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Tours or visits at other times can be arranged by appointment.

The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is important to the FWIO as it is the historical home of Erland Lee and his wife Janet, who pioneered the first Women’s Institute in Stoney Creek on 19th of February, 1897.

Inspired by the ideas of Adelaide Hoodless, the Lees encouraged women to form an organization to improve their skills in homemaking and childcare. Janet Lee Penned the first constitution at the dining room table of the home.

The Women’s Institute has since become a worldwide movement dedicated to promoting education and the personal growth of women. The betterment of their local communities is also of keen interest.

This home is also important to the Stoney Creek area as it celebrates one of their prominent farm families. The house of Gothic Architecture demonstrating a board and batten construction was built by and lived in by five generations of the Lee Family.

As this is a prime example of this type of construction, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home is a NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA and also has designation under the ONTARIO HERITAGE ACT.

The closing of the museum in 2010 caused renewed interest by the community and Women’s Institute Members. The Erland Lee Community Committee has been established to ensure any repairs and updates necessary maintain the historical integrity and to develop a financially sustainable plan for the future.

Much credit goes to “The Friends of the Lee”. They have lead the way in major fundraising through sales of calendars, cookbooks, quilt tickets and pancake breakfasts. They have also contributed countless hours of work in organizing workshops, yard work, and housecleaning not to mention supervising repair work. Without their enthusiastic leadership, we could not have done it. The City of Hamilton and the citizens of Stoney Creek have also been major contributors.

While the Museum Home is now reopened, fundraising is ongoing to repaint the exterior of the home and make further improvements.


Posted on behalf of our friends at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead:

Tea Party Social
in Honour of Great Women!
Friday, March 8, 2013
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

March 8th is International Women’s Day!
Come and bring the great women in your life for tea, cake and conversation at Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead.
We will be having guest speakers discuss the accomplishments and history of local women from Brant County.
Hoodless was a local woman who fought tirelessly for reform and the education of women during the latter part of the Victorian era and throughout the Edwardian era in Canada.
She instigated a number of institutions and organizations that continue today to benefit Canadians and women worldwide.
Come out and celebrate the women in your life and history.
There will be tours of the Victorian homestead, face painting, crafts, cupcake decorating, tea and sweets!

Admission is $3.00 for Adults, Women’s Institute members $2.00, Children aged 5 – 12 $1.00, ‘Friends of Addie’ and children under 5 years old are FREE.

The Homestead is located at 359 Blue Lake Road, just outside of Brantford: take 403 to Oak Park Rd exit and follow the blue and white TOD (Tourist Oriented Directional) signs.  Or, take Highway 24 North (towards Cambridge) and turn left at Blue Lake Road.

If you would like to volunteer for this or other events at the museum or have questions please call the Homestead at 519-448-1130, email or find us on Facebook.


From our friends at the Burford Township Museum in Harley:

Our next big event will be in conjunction with Museum Month in February.

Come join us at the museum on Saturday, February 23, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

We have class pictures of the one room schools which were around the township (Salem, Harley, South, Tansley, Block, Mt. Zion, Muir, Cathcart, Fairfield, Northfield, Burford, Valley, Sunnyside, Gobles, Ranelagh, Kelvin, Scotland, New Durham, Woodbury, Cooley Pond, Hatchley) and need some help filling in the names.

Come on out and help us. And if you have a class picture from a few years ago, bring it along. We’ll make a copy and give it back to you right away.

Our museum is located at 141 Harley Road, HARLEY, Ontario, N0E 1E0

We are located in the former town hall for Burford Township. After the township offices moved to Burford, the hall was used for many years for showers, square dances, card parties, stags, and the United Church women held their bazaars and teas in the hall.

In recent years the historical society started to meet in the building, and display agricultural artefacts.

With renovations still happening, we are not open for fixed hours yet. If you would like to see the museum sometime other than our Open House, please contact us.

For more information email:


Maple Syrup Festival 2013
Sundays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31,
Wednesday, March 13, Thursday, March 14 and
Good Friday March 29
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Westfield Heritage Village

Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions.

Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times.

Families can take an old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast served by the St. George Lion’s Club.

How To Get There
Follow Hwy. 5 east approx. 10.7 kms.,
Turn left at Woodhill Road (head north),
Follow to where it crosses Hwy 8 –
Continue on Kirkwall Road 1.5 km to Westfield (on your left).
Follow Hwy. 8 northwest through Dundas, cross
Hwy. 5 and continue to Kirkwall Road (552)
just past Rockton. Turn right on Kirkwall Road (552)
and follow 1.5 km.
Take QEW west to Hwy. 403. Turn north on Hwy. 6 to Hwy. 5.
Turn left on Hwy. 5 and right on Hwy. 8 to Kirkwall Road (552)
just past Rockton. Turn right on Kirkwall Rd. (552)
and follow 1.5 km.
Follow Hwy. 8 southeast to Kirkwall Road (552). Turn
left on Kirkwall Road (552) and follow 1.5 km.

Admission Prices

Regular Sunday
$8.50 per Adult
$7.50 per Senior (65+)
$7.50 per Student (13-17 yrs)
$5.50 per Child (6-12 yrs)
Children 5 and under are free

Special Event Days
$11.00 per Adult
$10.00 per Senior
$10.00 per Student
$6.50 per Child
Children 5 and under are free



Family Heritage Day – A Winter Wedding

Westfield Heritage Village

Monday,  February 18, 2013

12:30 – 16:00 p.m.                   


This special program will feature the fascinating traditions, rituals and etiquette of courtship and marriage in early Ontario. An Edwardian wedding ceremony in the Mountsberg Church will be a highlight of the day. Visit more than 35 heritage buildings, Gift Shop and enjoy a light meal at the Ironwood Hall.

For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 or visit

Westfield is a stunning collection of over 35 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario.

Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture.

Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton.

Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary.


The Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce to following events.

1)        The meeting of the British Isles Family History Study Group of the Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be held on Tuesday Evening, February 5th  at 7:30pm at the Branch Office/Meeting Room – 118 Powerline Rd, Brantford

2)     On Thursday  Morning, February 21stthere will be a Family History Study Group Meeting for all levels of research at the Branch Office/Meeting Room, 118 Powerline Rd, Brantford, ON  from 10am until noon.

3)   The next regular meeting of  the Brant Branch will be on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH , 2012 from  2:00pm – 4:00 pm at the Branch Office/Meeting Room:
  Our guest speaker will be RICHARD WADDINGTON talking about Naval involvement in the War of 1812 – “BROADSIDES AND BOARDING PIKES”



Brant County Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
114-118 Powerline Road, Brantford, ON.  N3T 5L8
Tel:519-753-4140, fax 519-753-9866



On Monday February 18th, Family Heritage Day, the Brant Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will have an “Open House” at our Branch Library -118 Powerline Road  Brantford  from  10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

All the facilities will be available to examine and  research. There are many books and records to check out including one of the best collection of Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories in  the province.

The Library is in the Smokey Hollow Retirement Village complex on Powerline Road, east of Wayne Gretzky Parkway.

There is no admission charge.  Adequate parking  is available.

Phone 519-753-4140 or e-mail  for further details.

WARTIME FARM starts tonight on TVO

WARTIME FARM explores farming in England during World War II – and continues in the tradition of series such as Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm.

TVO is running this popular BBC series on Monday evenings, at 7 pm, for eight weeks starting January 7th, 2013.

The series promises a “fascinating blend of war history, survival creativity and endurance.”

For details on the show and descriptions of the episodes, visit the TVO website at:

or visit the show’s official website at:


For 2012, Westfield Heritage Village celebrates ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Saturdays, December 8th and 15th from 5:00-9:00 pm.

Christmas in the Country will take place on Sunday, December 16 from noon to 4:00 pm.

Admission is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and persons with disabilities, and $6.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free. 

Twas the Night Before Christmas: 

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples, fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments. For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104.

Christmas in the Country:

Christmas in the Country
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas and celebrate the season where traditions of an earlier time are brought to life with horse and wagon rides, carol singing and Father Christmas. Seasonal refreshments are available at the restaurant, candies at the Confectionery and one-of-a-kind shopping at the Gift Shop. Runs from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario.

Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture.

Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton. For more information, call 1-800-883-0104 or 519-621-8851 or e-mail:

Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary.