This post is dedicated to all those incredible humans who get the urge to dedicate mass amounts of time and money to restoring some tiny part of our history on a local level. We owe these folks a huge amount of thanks for their gifts to our cultures. The Highland Folk Museum is the perfect example. Founded 80 years ago by Dr. Isobel F. Grant, this living museum continues to grow well beyond the collection Grant built in her lifetime.
"Here at the Highland Folk Museum we give our visitors a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s! We do this by displaying over 30 historical buildings and furnishing them appropriate to their time period. Some have been built from scratch on site and some have been moved here from other locations."
The kid's favorite spot was the 1930's candy shop which showed an example of how some families would turn a front room of their house into a store as a side business. This one was in full operation, so everyone picked a handful of candy.
MY favorite spot was the 1930's school because the *teacher* was so enthusiastic and eager to share stories of Scottish education, and hear those of visitors from around the world. We yacked on and on and on. Here he is with his prized leather strap - an item we spent a lot of time discussing the history of.
A typical 2-bedroom, 1930's summer home, made from old barracks and railcars.
Long live The Queen!
We ventured off the beaten path for a bit and discovered an elaborate bunny warren!
The joiners shop, shown here with a bottle of whisky on the desk. (I actually noticed a bottle in almost every set-up. Haha!)
Our walk to the 16th century township had us pass a 1950's encampment and loads of carved tree trunks.
An example of a man-made curling rink and warming hut. In the winter, these shallow ponds freeze over and are used for skating and games.
These folks were so informative and excited to teach us about Scottish life in the 16th and 17th centuries. I was surprised to learn that all the museum's *characters* are paid employees, not volunteers. Good news, as it means the museum is doing well and supported by the government, something we aren't used to seeing back home.
There was an area where kids could dress-up in period clothes, and build a small scale frame like those used for thatched roof dwellings.
Tiny Buns tried his hand at stone grinding grain, and made a new friend in the process.
We gave ourselves two hours at the museum, but ended-up staying for five. You can read all about history until the cows come home, but when you get the chance to walk through it, only then does it really start to come to life.