And this is the endresult! I wandered around and took a look at the workshop. There are tools hanging on the walls everywhere. And of course with the things he recently made. The working bench is also covered with tools. Yep, this was a place where there is a real blacksmith at work, not just a tourist attraction. I can hear the sounds while I just look around, the fire is put up a bit higher, the slamming on the iron, the hissing of the water when he cools off the iron again.
The postoffice dates from the 1850's. This lady will tell you the story how it was like to send and receive mail in those days. The post office had more of a social function; all the people in the village would get together and wait for the post to arrive.
Let's peek through the window of the post office (which is on the right hand side of the building). Yes, I think it is open! I can see the lady standing at the counter, so lets go inside and send some postcards..... Nooooo, not virtually! That wasn't possible in those days! Just the old fashioned way..... you know, writing down your message with a pen, get the postcard stamped and wait for weeks before you get a reply :-)
This is a typical classroom of the 1870's furnished and arranged according to the provincial government plans for schools in this period. The schoolmaster's desk, at the head of the classroom, stood on a raised platform, to allow easing viewing of the students. The schoolmaster considered a blackboard, maps, slates and a bell as necessary teaching aids.
I am glad I didn't go to this school, those benches look very uncomfortable!
Most of the items you can see in this store are acquired and donated by the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society. It is actually quite fun to look all the pots and pills that were there. They had bottles with blood purifier and even some that said poison.
The lady wasn't aware that I was taking pictures. She was busy cleaning the counter when we walked in the store. But that actually gave it a feel of being the 1890's. Taking all the time in the world, and making sure that everything is clean and polished.
After spending some time at the blacksmith it is time to move on. The next stop is the Sherbrooke Drug Store. It recreates a pharmacy much like the one which was in Sherbrooke in the late 1890s.
This is the old postoffice and printery. St.Mary's Printery uses hand presses to produce printed materials for the Village. It is on the left hand side of the building. The lady of the printery is just going out for a walk, but she will be right back. So if you have any more questions, go visit her. She can tell you much more about it than I can.
The blacksmith at work. He seemed to enjoy his job a lot, explaining cheerfully everything about the work of a blacksmith and giving a demontstration as well.
The Blacksmith Shop has operated since it was established in the 1870's by Joe McLane. Today the blacksmith produces ironwork for the Village restauration and for sale.
Now who is that on the bike? I think it is the blacksmith, he must be going to work. Let's follow him and take a look at his shop.