I love wandering around historic sites, especially when they’re closed for the season, you don’t have to worry about children running around and getting into your shots, over protective parents worried about the young man with the massive backpack filled with four cameras, and the staff also wondering what I was doing with an old Speed Graphic press camera (let alone having to describe it to everyone there as you’re trying to line up your very first large format photo). It was also the one thing I was a little worried about because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get too close to the actual buildings but I was able to park fairly close to the village so it wasn’t too far of a walk. Bakus Heritage Village is built around the J.C. Backhouse Mill, and Homestead (Prospect Hill), is home to many 18th and 19th century buildings that are open to the public (when in season). The mill remained in operation under the Backhouse family until 1955, and was one of the few mills along the shores of Lake Erie and Western Ontario that survived the War of 1812.
I will make an effort to go back here when it is open to pay my way in, and make a donation, as the first time I visited Bakus was at a reenactment, and there was a fire that burned down their outdoor bake oven, which I was pleased to see had been rebuilt.