We had a wonderful time in this "living Museum", so much fun to step back in time to BC's Gold Rush days. We spent 1 and 1/2 days exploring, shopping, watching, eating and learning.
These 4 characters led us through town on a hilarious tour, we learned about the different buildings and the people who built and lived in the town way back in the 1860's. I highly recommend the tour!
I loved the business district, loved looking in the old shops. Most of the building had bars in the doorways, you could stick your head in but could not touch anything. Some stores where open to the public with reproductions for sale.
This store was open, the shop keepers wore period outfits and no plastic (anything!) in sight.
A view of half of Barkerville. It was a very cold day, we were wearing our winter coats.
An actress outside the Theatre Royal.
The star of the one woman play "Bride of Barkerville", the wonderful story of a women's journey from London to BC and then to the cariboo, she opened the town's first library and theatre.
The Cornish Waterwheel demo was awesome! These two fellows were supposed to be showing off the wheel and trying to get the audience to invest in their mine. We were busting a gut laughing!
There was two different chicken coups in town, this one was in the Chinese district. The girls loved clucking at the chickens.
A Chinese store. Notice the bars on the doorway.
I like this photo, Ivy peeping in the window of a house while I was taking a picture through the door.
The same house, I think it was a doctor's.
The most famous building in Barkerville, it's on most postcards. The catholic church.
Inside the same church, Ivy was giving the sermon.
Near the end of the day the characters changed from the 1860's era to the 1930/40's. This fellow was teaching the girls how to be a miner's helper.
He showed them how to hold and turn the drilling rod/steal while he hit the end with a hammer, And he promised he wouldn't smack Ivy in the head like he did with his last partner "who is recovering just fine, he'll be able to eat solid food in a few months ;)"
We have some souvenirs, lots more pictures and fond memories but can't wait to go back and discover all that we missed. The girls want to go back next summer but I think we should wait a few years so they will be old enough to sit through a longer play and a session at the court house with the infamous "Hanging" Judge!
Next stop, National Parks!
To Be Continued...