aerial view of Backus Heritage Village, Credit RoseLe Studio
Credit: RoseLe Studio

Step back in time and learn about our pioneer past when you visit Backus Heritage Village.  Step through the doors of the 1798 Backhouse Mill National Historic Site and see how stone ground flour was produced more than 200 years ago.  A short walk over the bridge brings you to the rest of the Heritage Village.  A collection of heritage buildings, including a rare octagonal school house and a quaint country church, dot the landscape.  In addition to the old red mill, the Backus family homestead, garage and playhouse are original bulidngs to the site.

The Museum Building is home to a collection of exhibits about the Long Point area.  Here visitors can learn more about the many shipwrecks of Lake Erie as well as view storefront exhibits depicting local businesses from the 19th century.

Period demonstrations, costumed interpreters and seasonal special events bring history to life in the Heritage Village. The annual War of 1812 Re-enactment held in September is one of the conservation area's signature events.

Watch highlights from the Mill Stones Turn Again Restoration Project.  The video and restoration work at the 1798 Backus Mill were completed in 2015 with funding assistance from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.