First Story: The Neutrals in Wellington County

As they ploughed their fields over the past two centuries, farmers of Wellington County uncovered the stone axes and arrowheads of our earliest farmers -- the "Attawandaron" (Neutrals). In the cedar and elm forests of Puslinch Township, evidence of two settlements of the Neutral Nation was excavated in the 1980s: a 15th century village (named the "Ivan Elliot Site" after the farmer who owned the land) and a 16th century hamlet, named the "Raymond Reid Site". Both of these sites date to a time before European contact.

Visitors can examine some of the archaeological evidence discovered at these two sites in the setting of a faithfully reproduced Neutral longhouse interior.

image of model of Raymond Reid site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model of the Raymond Reid site. It took our conservator, Patty Whan, seven months to complete in 2003.