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Plans to Raise the Barn at Lang Pioneer Village Announced

June 24th, 2015

At Peterborough County Council today, County staff announced plans for the new Peterborough Country Agricultural Heritage Building to be located at Lang Pioneer Village Museum.

Fundraising efforts have begun to engage public, businesses and organizations to assist in supplementing funds that have been previously gathered through grants and the Legacy Fund from the 2006 International Plowing Match. The legacy fund monies were dedicated to advancing the awareness and education of the agricultural heritage of Peterborough County.

The County has enlisted the assistance of We Design to begin marketing efforts. To date, the “Raise The Barn” campaign has launched a new website, information folders, display banners and social media accounts. Also underway is the development of a promotional video and a marketing and public relations plan.

“We’re extremely excited to launch the Raise the Barn campaign,” stated Karen Jopling, Manager, Fundraising and Partnership Development, County of Peterborough. “This new attraction will assist in telling our agricultural heritage story to residents and tourists. It will add to our tourism inventory and be an economic driver.

“Agriculture is the backbone which Peterborough County was built on”, said J. Murray Jones, County Warden. “We need to ensure we preserve and re-tell the stories for years to come. This new barn will reflect upon our agricultural roots and enable us to continue to expand upon our offerings at Lang Pioneer Village Museum”.

Plans for the new building include a display barn where artifacts will be housed and a restoration workshop that will allow staff and volunteers to showcase how machinery ran. It will also be the home of the Peterborough Agriculture Hall of Fame Gallery. Other features include:

  • Peter Hamilton Agricultural Collection
  • Agricultural Implements and Equipment for Display and Operation Demonstrations
  • A large Restoration Workshop housing a steam engine, thrasher, tractors and more
  • Conservation Lab with viewing window
  • Multi-purpose space with full technical capabilities (workshops, theatre, live music, education centre)
  • Sponsor recognition throughout
  • Commercial Kitchen with multi-purpose use
  • Outdoor courtyard feature


The specific project is the creation and construction of a new facility at Lang Pioneer Village Musuem. The Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building will be a barn style of those built circa 1910 and will be a stepping stone for the Village to evolve into the 20th century. We are honouring our historical roots and celebrating one of the last great symbols of agriculture.

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