In Search of the Lost Villages
A recent trip to the Lost Villages Museum, located in Long Sault, Ont., revealed just how lingering the loss is. The museum—a collection of original buildings from the various villages—had just opened for the day when a woman, appearing to be in her late 80s, aided by a walker and her grown son, made her way to the little red train station from the village of Moulinette. Of all the buildings there, this was the one I was most tied to as well: My grandmother Mary, more than 80 years earlier, would wait on the small station platform to catch “The Moccasin” steam train for the ride to high school in Cornwall. Wondering if the woman was a tourist, with one gesture, I knew she was not. Removing one hand from her walker, she gently placed it on the outside of the building. I knew she was reconnecting with an “old friend,” from a beloved time and place. As I watched, I noticed more people of the same generation appearing and going to what must have been their respective “places.” They, like my grandmother, no longer had a home to go back to.
Here’s a look at six curious museum stops across Canada.