Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
General Store
La vie de pionnier dans le Haut-Canada

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The general store was both a trading center and meeting place.

 
Whitchurch Stouffville Museum
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The pioneers usually did not have money.  They traded their extra crops or things they made for the supplies they needed.
This was called the barter system.
The store was also the place where villagers came to meet, share news and even play games such as checkers.

Goods to be traded for, and goods to be traded with.  Could you tell which ones were which?
Try a quiz and find out!  Click HERE.

Some Things You Could Find in the General Store

brooms coffee jugs patent medicine brown sugar and molasses


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made locally imported made locally imported imported

All photos from Markham Museum and Historic Village

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