Founders' Museum & Pioneer Village

Come Touch History

Welcome to Founders'


Check back often for updates and new pictures as we continue to grow the website as we grow as an Organization under the vision of our late founder, Fred Goodfellow.  We hope you bookmark our site and visit us often!

'Come Touch History' in this unique Northwestern Ontario Pioneer Village.

Drop in at the General Store and look through the newly arrived catalogues. Visit the shops and chat with the residents while they wait for the train. Recall the memories of a one-room school and spend a quiet moment in the village church.

Pay a visit to the homestead and you can even help do the laundry.

The carpenter, cobbler and even the blacksmith welcome you to their business establishments. Stop by the printer's to find out the latest news around the village at the newspaper office. Whether your interest lies in antique cars, tractors, farm equipment, engines or motors, Founders' Museum has it all.

The Pioneer Village is located on Highway 61, just a short distance from the City of Thunder Bay. Simply drive down Highway 61 towards the US border and turn right on Gillespie Road. Click here for a map.


Grand Opening of the Founders' Museum

The Founders' Museum Opening Day Celebrations will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature live entertainment from the John Fletcher band as well as such fun activities as karioke, wagon rides and museum tours. Food and snacks will also be made available. Admission will be FREE on opening day only. For more information please click here or contact Lois at (807) 475-7424 or email at

2015 Season Hours of Operation:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The 2015 Season will run from Saturday, May 16, 2015 to Sunday, August 30, 2015


Slate River Community Hall Rentals & Wedding Bookings

Facilities will be available for rent during the 2015 summer season. Please call the municipal office at (807) 935-2613 ext. 228 to book your vintage wedding or event today.


New volunteers are always needed

With the Museum making use of the 'self-guided' tour format, we are seeking more volunteer assistance to interact with the guests who visit the museum site. We strive to offer a fun volunteering environment where our volunteers enjoy interacting with the public to help ensure our guests have the best possible experience when visiting Founders' Museum & Pioneer Village.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact us and let us know where and when you would like to lend a hand. 

We are also seeking Students who need to obtain their volunteer hours for school. 

Please Contact Lois Garrity via Email:




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