Preserving the

Roots of the Past

The Buildings

 

 

The Vigfusson House

This was the first house moved onto the property Oct.13, 2000 draw in by two teams of house! Come listen to the legend of Chief John Ramsey and his connection to the Vigfusson family via a dream and superstition.

 

The Interpretive Centre

Marvel at our various exhibits that depict what life was like 120  years ago. The interpretive centre is home to our old fashioned storefronts as well as many other exhibits.

 

Sigvaldason House

This was the house that Bjorn and Lara Sigvaldason and their 16 children called home for over 50 years. Witness how the family lived and admire many artifacts that were original to the family.

 

St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church

This Provincial Historic building is a must see! Construction on this building began over one hundred years ago. Originally located in the Bjarmi area 4 miles north of Arborg, this church has most of its original artifacts including an all-glass candle chandelier. The church has been re-sanctioned after restoration so church services can be held in it again. 

 

Oddleifsson House

This is the oldest Icelandic building still standing in all of New Iceland, as it was built in the late 1880's. With the help of a number of volunteers, we are proud to have obtained this building in 2017 and completed the restoration just last year! 

 

Kowalski house

This Beautiful Polish home was moved on site in the summer of 2009. Many of the Kowalski family volunteered hundreds of hours of tender loving care into the restoration. Come admire all their hard work.

 

Poplar Heights School

Come experience what it was like to attend school In 1917 in a one room schoolhouse. 

 

 

 

 

The Saunders House

Rescued from demolition from the Winnipeg Beach Ukrainian Homestead Museum upon it’s closing, this Ukrainian style house was built 115 years ago. Restoration is completed.

 

The Ice House

This building is now restored. Come for a tour to learn more about the importance of these ice houses now daily living 100 years ago.

 

Brandson House

Sigruidur and Jodis raised 10 children in this home. Mrs. Brandson was well known for her hospitality and sometimes received up to 40 visitors in one day alone! Also, come see our tribute to the North Star Creamery where their son Oskar worked.

 

Ukrainian Bake Oven

Our replica of the typical Ukrainian oven. Come learn about how they were made. On special occasions you may get a taste of the bread that comes out of it.

 

Hykaway Grist Mill

One of the last grist mills left in Canada! Come see this impressive grist mill, which was made entirely by hand from the foundation stones to the sails.

 

 

 

 

The Caboose

In 1910 the railway came to Arborg, drastically bringing about change in the area. With an easier access to wood, livestock, and a means of transportation to Winnipeg, the Arborg community really began to grow. Take a look inside and picture the life of a freight train crew! 

 

NEW BUILDINGS SOON TO BE ADDED TO THE TOUR:

- The Saunders house (Ukrainian) 

- The Ice House 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours of Operation

*Covid protocol being followed*

Admission: Adults       (12 & over): $10
Children    (4-11):         $5
Children    (3 & Under): FREE
 Season:

Our 2021 Season:
June 5/21 to September 5/21.

Mon-Sat: 10:00-4:00pm

Sun: 12:00-4:00pm