World of glass to sparkle at Upper Canada Village


From the pop bottle to the exquisitely cut glass of a beautiful chandelier, glass is both practical and extravagant.  

At Upper Canada Village this weekend, visitors can discover the magic of glass blowing, magic lantern slides and mirrors.  Painted and stained glass, kaleidoscopes as well as industrial applications will all be on display.

A special feature of the weekend will be the remarkable stained glass windows painted in the 1880s by famed artist Harry Horwood for the home of distillery owner J. P. Wiser.  

Two newly restored Horwood windows will be on display in Crysler Hall for the first time since the 1950s.  

On Saturday, September 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Brian Eagle of Northern Glass will discuss his restoration work of the Horwood windows.  

David Martin of Ogdensburg, NY, a stained glass photographer and historian, will make presentations on Sunday, September 23 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. about Harry Horwood, the remarkable artist who created the windows.

“This event was inspired by the beautiful Horwood windows that we now have on display at Crysler Hall,” says Dave Dobbie, Manager of Upper Canada Village.  “It is amazing how glass has so many uses.  From its use as an art form to industrial or general household purposes, glass has done it all.  It is very versatile and you can find beauty in even the everyday items.  I hope that our visitors find this as fascinating as we do.”

Various discussions and presentations will take place on both Saturday and Sunday in Crysler Hall and Providence Chapel:

•Brian Phillips will present the story of the Mallorytown Glass Works, opened in 1839, the first glass factory in Upper Canada.  Presentations will be at 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. Saturday only, in Crysler Hall.

•Professor M. Lindsay Lambert is returning to the Village with his popular 19th Century Entertainment!  Three times each day (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) both Saturday and Sunday in Providence Chapel, he will present a Magic Lantern show.  Using vintage glass slides and a lantern from circa 1900, Prof. Lambert tells a fascinating story of life and entertainment before film and video.  

•Suzanne Plousos, Archaeologist and Material Culture Researcher from Parks Canada, will be on hand to display and discuss bottles and drink-related tableware recovered by archaeologists excavating War of 1812 through to 1840’s National Historic Sites, including artifacts from Fort Wellington, Fort Malden and Fort George.  Visitors can discover why glass beverage bottles have different shapes, learn to identify British products from French, Netherlands and early American beverage bottles and discover a long standing British military tradition for toasting the monarch.  Presentations will be at 12:noon and 3 p.m. Sunday only in Crysler Hall.

Other displays throughout the Village on both Saturday and Sunday will include: Discovery Centre-Paperweight Collectors of Ontario; Fairgrounds-Paul Reid, Reid’s Beads, sales and demonstrations; Janet Potter – The Glass Case – jewellery and more; Ron Squires – Squires Wood & Glass Works – stained glass demonstration.  

Upper Canada Village education staff will also be organizing family activities including games and music.

 Upper Canada Village will feature various Village artifacts including optical glass in Crysler Hall and other glass items and artifacts in all of the buildings.  

Special discussions will take place in Robertson House (garden cloche); the Cabinetmaker’s (window glass); Crysler Store (poison bottles); the Physician’s House (glass use in medicine); Dressmaker (mirrors) and at Ross Farm House (decorative painting).

Admission to Upper Canada Village is Adult (13 to 64 years) – $17; Senior (65 years and over) – $14; Youth (6 to 12 years) – $14 and Children (5 years and under) – free. 

For more information call the Customer Service Unit at 613-543-4328 (locally) or 800-437-2233 or visit the website at

Visitors to Upper Canada Village are reminded that on select nights from October 5 through October 31, a Hallowe’en experience will unfold unlike any other in the region.  

Visitors are invited to come and stroll through an all-new, hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. 

This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages.


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