About the S.W.O. Heritage Village:
Southwestern Ontario Heritage
Village, centrally located in Essex County, encompasses 54 wooded acres and manicured
lawns. There are a number of nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings,
including log cabins, a general store, barber/cobbler
shop, church and school.
All of our buildings have been relocated here from various
sites in Essex County. Once here, they are set on permanent foundations, restored,
and stocked with furnishings of the past. The displays are changed periodically,
which gives a new look each time you visit the Village. Many of the artifacts at our
Village are donated or loaned to us from Essex County residents.
Our Transportation Museum is
a must for our visitors. This museum displays antique and classic cars, wagons,
trucks, motorcycles, and other memorabilia from bygone days. Our display includes
the only surviving 1893 Shamrock, which is one of the oldest gas-powered cars in Ontario,
and our 1992 Dodge Viper, which was the first
model shipped to Canada.
The Village is sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Society of
Ontario (Windsor), with its members dedicated to preserving the past for the present and
future generations. Funding is supplied by special events sponsored by the Society,
as well as public support and Government grants.
Tour groups are always welcome at the Village, and may be
arranged by calling the office (519) 776-6909. School groups, Guides, Scouts,
Brownies, Cubs and day camps enjoy a visit to the Village where they have been impressed
with the artifacts and discussions about local history.
Our Church is also a
great place to have your wedding! Weddings are held in our Church
throughout the season, which is ideal for an intimate ceremony. It is also available
for showers, anniversaries, or meetings. Just call the office for more information and prices.