Museum Master Plan
Oliver Paipoonge is the home of Founders Pioneer Village, a unique group of 3 historical collections that showcase the knowledge and artifacts of the past making history fun to learn. Each collection has very interesting stories to show you while preserving the history of our community and region. Travel back in time and stop in today to view all that we have on display. We know that you’ll be glad you did!
PLEASE NOTE: THE VILLAGE SECTION IS CLOSED DUE TO BUILDING UPGRADES. DON’T HESITATE TO COME OUT THOUGH, AS THERE IS STILL LOTS TO SEE!
OPENING DAY: Saturday July 2, 2022
noon to 4:30 p.m.
Founders Pioneer Village
Oliver Paipoonge is the home of an historical museum that showcases the knowledge and artifacts of the past, making history fun to learn. Founders Pioneer Village features 3 attractions in one location! The fascinating Duke Hunt Museum was recently moved into the Slate River Hall, circa 1904, an historic building in itself. Inside view the many aspects of history from our municipality including articles from our local brickyard, railroad pictures and artifacts, household furnishings, a splendid military section and more. At the far end of the property is a newly erected 50’ X 100’ building, aptly named Russ’ Garage, housing a huge collection of vintage cars, race cars, kids pedal cars, toys and numerous memorabilia from auto and racing events, a very generous donation from a local resident. Embraced by these two spectacular facilities is the Founders Pioneer Village consisting of a Pioneer Home, Carpenter Shop, Newsprint Shop, Cobbler Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Various Stores including our famous General Store, a replica Train Station including a caboose, Church, one room School and Teacherage. All village buildings are furnished and stocked with merchandise that you would expect to see in the early years prior to 1949. Watch for special events that include the whole family! We welcome you to visit and Take a Walk Through the Past!
Founders 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 boarder and turn right on Gillespie Road.
3190 Highway 61 South
Tel: (807) 475-7424
Hours of Operation
Open: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CLOSED AFTER SEPTEMBER 25, 2022