Flynn House

Welcome to the Flynn House!

We can’t wait to welcome you to this brand new exhibit!

Until then, here is a sneak peek at the reimagined Flynn House: An interactive heritage home, documenting the life of the Flynn Family and the experience of a dual-faith, immigrant family to the Toronto region in the mid-19th Century.

Pull up a chair in the Flynn’s parlour and read the latest news, sit at the writing desk to compose a letter home, or fold back the cover and try out the bed in the Girl’s Room.

Through immersive exhibits and hands-on activities, you will learn all about the Flynn family’s journey from Ireland and their lives in a new land.

parlour of Flynn House at Black Creek Pioneer Village


BOTH IRISH AND CANADIAN

The Flynn’s story is a modern-day story. As a refugee dual-faith family living in the Toronto region, they faced many challenges — much like newcomers to Canada today.

What was it like to be a working-class refugee family? How did their ethnic background and religion impact their lives? How did gender influence their experiences?

Discover the answers to these questions as you explore the rooms and activities throughout the Flynn House.

Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village features interactive activities to help visitors explore 19th century immigrant life
writing desk in parlour of Flynn House activity at Black Creek Pioneer Village
rope bed and bedspread in Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

FINDING THE FLYNN’S

Who were Daniel and Sydney Flynn? Why did they leave Ireland? How did their children feel about moving to a new country? What happened to them in Canada?

Solve these history mysteries as you explore what was once the kitchen and pantry of the Flynn family home.

Dig deeper into the records they left behind to piece together the timeline of the Flynn family’s story and the new country they chose to call home.

visitor to Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village examines the family tree
visitors to Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village explore family records
students visiting Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village examine family documents

 

SET YOUR SUITCASE DOWN

Step into the Traveller’s Room and learn about the Flynn family’s journey by boat from Ireland to Canada.

Imagine the voyage for yourself. How long would it take? What would you pack? Where would you and your family sleep on the ship?

Discover what this experience was like for newcomers to Canada.

The Travelers Room is part of the Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village
visitor to Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village explores Travelers Room
visitor to Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village explores Travelers Room

 

KNOW YOUR ROLE

What was it like to be a woman and a domestic servant — like Jane Flynn — in 1860s? Enter the Girls’ Bedroom to learn about jobs available to women in the 19th century.

What did the Flynn women do to survive? Pick a role and pretend! How would you have made your living in 19th century Toronto?

The Girls Room is part of the Flynn House exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village
An embroidered pillow in the Girls Bedroom portion of the Flynn House exhibit tells part of the story of women in the 19th century
A label sewn into a garment in the Girls Bedroom portion of the Flynn House exhibit tells part of the story of women in the 19th century

 

LISTEN TO THE PAST

When people come to a new place, they bring music to remind them of their past. However, music can also be used as a means of discrimination.

Listen to these songs about the Irish experience in Canada.

Track One: The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls / Tho’ The Last Glimpse of Erin

Track Two: The Fine Ould Irish Gentlemen / No Irish Need Apply

SHEET MUSIC

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sheet music for The Harp That Once Through Taras Halls

The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls

sheet music for Tho The Last Glimpse of Erin

Tho’ The Last Glimpse of Erin

 

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Want to learn more? Check out our Online Learning activities for educators and students.