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Heritage Education Programming

Heritage Education programs come to life at the Backhouse Historic Site, a collection of historic structures including the 1798 Backhouse Mill National Historic Site, Ronson log cabin, and the octagonal one-room Cherry Valley School House. Explore the history of Norfolk County’s early settlers and the War of 1812 in two experiential, curriculum-based education programs.

For questions, please contact the Heritage Programmer, at or 519-586-2201 ext. 231.

Please see below information on the Heritage Education Programs available at Backhouse Historic Site.

Program Options

Grade 3: A Day in the Life of a 19th Century Child

What was life like for the Backhouse children when they arrived in Norfolk County in the 1790s? In this program, your class will explore the experiences of early settlers who moved to this region to build a new life in Upper Canada.

Program Outline: Early Settlement Program Outline for Teachers (PDF 2MB)

Grade 7: The War of 1812

In this full-day program, your class will take on the role of soldiers during the War of 1812 in the morning. In the afternoon they will explore the vital role of women and children in the military campaign.

Program Outline: 1812 Program Outline for Teachers (PDF 1MB)

Program Prices

All of our programs below are offered as half-day (2.5 hours) and full-day (5 hours) programs, for classes up to 40 students. These prices include tax, but do not include the price of busing or transportation as that is the responsibility of each school/group.

    • Half Day Program: $291.81/class
    • Full Day Program: $583.62/class

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