Things to see and do in the area around Confederation Homestead:
Town of Minden has lots of interest to see and do: http://www.mindenhills.ca/
Home of the Minden Hills Cultural Centre which includes the Agnes Jamieson Gallery, the Minden Hills Museum, R.D. Lawrence Place, and the Minden Hills branch of the Haliburton Public Library.
Friday evenings in the summer there are free music concerts by the post office along side the Gull River, called Music by the Gull.
There is an annual Bluegrass Festival http://www.mindenhillsbluegrassfestival.ca/
Haliburton Studio Tour http://www.haliburtonstudiotour.on.ca/
Minden 150 Bike tour http://www.minden150.ca/
Minden and District Horticultural show http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/minden
Haliburton Tourism website http://www.haliburtonholidays.com/parks.asp
Haliburton Arts and Crafts show http://www.railsendgallery.com/acfestival.php
Haliburton County Fair http://www.haliburtoncountyfair.ca/
Annual Family Fishing Derby is Sunday, February 27, 2013 see more details and events listed on the events page of the town website http://www.seodevspace.com/mindenpub/events.shtml
List of parks and recreation facilities are at http://www.mindenhills.ca/parks.html
Map of the town: http://www.mindenhills.ca/pdfs/Minden_2010.pdf
Map of the township: http://www.mindenhills.ca/pdfs/Township_map.pdf
Haliburton Summer Theatre (they also do plays in the winter season as well): http://www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca/ This company puts on very good theatrical productions presented at the theatre inside the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, in the town of Haliburton.
Haliburton Forest Festival brings in some excellent music acts, and runs in mid August each year. http://www.theforestfestival.com/
Haliburton Forest Wildlife Preserve offers walking and hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing, outdoor education, Tree top canopy walks, Wolf Centre, in winter dog sledding, snowmobiling. http://www.haliburtonforest.com/
Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike – www.sirsams.com Great XC and Mountain Biking in the summer and Skiing in the winter. Only 40 minutes drive away.
World-class White-water rafting at the Minden White Water Rafting Course on Horeshoe Lake. The 2015 Pam Am Games and Olympic Preliminary white-water rafting competition will be at this site. Check it out this site for yourself at:
Weekly farmers’ market on Friday afternoons 1-5 p.m., in the summer at the corner of Hwy 35 and 118, at Carnarvon.
Go Carting in Coboconk
6923 Highway #35, Coboconk
Open Daily from 10:00am – 8:00pm
Features: Go Karts, 9 Hole Mini Golf, Ice Cream Parlour
Looking for a excellent highly skilled and very dedicated cabinet maker/fine carpenter? We highly recommend Trevor Chaulk of Chaulk Woodworking, on Hwy 35, just south of Minden, ON 705-457-7797, http://www.chaulkkitchenandbath.com/ We have had Trevor do many projects for us including the wonderful cabinetry in our kitchen, which you can view in our picture gallery. His work is highly detail oriented and very well made. The facing of our kitchen cabinets was made from the reclaimed wood from the original barn on the property which is extremely hard, antique hemlock.
Quilts in the bedrooms
If you love the quilts on the beds, and are thinking that you would like to purchase one for yourself, you can. These are quilts made by Amish women which we purchased in July, 2011 and January 2012 directly from Hannah’s Quilts and Crafts in Lancaster. PA in the USA. Mrs. Hannah Stolzfoos runs her business out of her home selling only top quality handcrafted quilts, pillows, and various other crafts such as aprons, pot holders etc., made by herself and other women of her Amish community. While we went there personally, you don’t need to, as she does mail order.
The Amish are a highly-skilled, self-resourceful, community-minded people who choose to live a simplified life without most modern conveniences. The Amish of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania do use a mixture of mostly old ways plus some new ways in their businesses. They don’t use electricity, but they do use some electrical appliances such as fans and sewing machines, but these are run from air compressors, run by generators, powered by propane. They don’t drive cars, but they do use banks, so payment can be made by bank draft, or cash if you went in person (and US bank cheques (or checks)). If they have a phone, it won’t be located in their homes, but in the barn, or driveshed, and the phone number on the attached business card and flyer is an answering service, so you need to leave a message, which will be replied to later. They also don’t use the internet or computers. So even though it takes a bit more effort to conduct business long distance with Mrs. Stolzfoos, her products are well worth that extra effort. The prices are very reasonable, given these quilts take many weeks and months to complete. The Star quilt on the main floor was US$695 and the red theme Double-Ring quilt on the second floor was US$595. We also saw many other quilts that were less and more in price. There were quilts for double/queen size beds, like what we bought, as well as for king-size beds and single/twin beds.
Hannah’s Quilts and Crafts, 216 Witmer Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA, phone 717 392-4524 (answering service)