While most pioneer villages are set in the 19th century and do not correspond to the era in which the Pilgrims arrived, many have special Thanksgiving and harvest themes, events, and decor during the months of October and November.
With costumed guides, these living museums are perfect for harvest and Thanksgiving events.
(Also, remember that harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations have been held throughout the world since the dawn of time. They are not uniquely American.)
Harold Warp Pioneer Village (Nebraska)
Situated on a 20 acre property, Harold Warp Pioneer Village has 26 restored buildings that have been moved to the site. There is a prairie church, one-room country school house with its original furnishings and Elm Creek Fort circa 1869.
Salem Pioneer Village 1630 (Massachusetts)
The first living museum in the U.S., Salem Pioneer Village 1630 depicts life in New England in the 17th century. There are medicinal gardens. Authentic period buildings on this 3 acre property include a drug store, a Pony Express station, barber shop, cobbler shop, a blacksmith shop, and Governor's Faire House. There is accommodation onsite at the Pioneer Village Motel.
Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg, Ontario)
Depicting life in Upper Canada (now Ontario) during the 1860s, Upper Canada Village is one of Canada's largest living museums with 40 heritage buildings that have been moved to create the site. The village is open year round and, during the fall, there are harvest and Canadian Thanksgiving events. The Village welcomes large and small groups.
Venues include Willard's Hotel with a capacity of 92 and the Harvest Barn Restaurant.
Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto)
Black Creek Pioneer Village always has a Pioneer Harvest Festival in September and, in October, there are Canadian Thanksgiving events including special Thanksgiving dinners with all the trimmings. There are banquet facilities for group events including the Halfway House, which was a functioning stagecoach inn in the 1800s.
The village has a number of spaces for private events. The Brewery Restaurant, at the Halfway House, has a capacity of 60. Canada West Room has space for 130. Victoria Room for accommodates up to 130 attendees. The Garfield Weston Theater is perfect for meetings for 40 - 250 people. For outdoor events, there is a 3,240 square foot Banquet Pavilion with a capacity of 325 and a Pioneer Patio for up to 250 people.
The Cvent Event Blog has previously profiled its popular Christmas by Lamplight event.
Photo Credit: Black Creek Pioneer Village.