Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture
Crawfordjohn, a small village nestling in the hills of South Lanarkshire on the border of Dumfriesshire, is surrounded by farmland and forestry and if you blink you will miss it. Crawfordjohn Heritage Venture museum shows glimpses into past life in a remote, rural area where lives were always hard and pleasures simple.
Livestock farming, and producing such crops as would keep the sheep, cattle and people fed throughout the long winter months were the main source of employment for many centuries. The little community also supported many trades including blacksmith, dressmaker, miller and farmhands as well as farmers. Spinning and weaving, mole-catching, game-keeping, drystone-dyking and other related country crafts kept people in employment. The museum holds a collection of items relating to many of these pursuits.
The museum has a large selection of documents, registers and photographs, as well as a selection of old maps of the area that will be of interest to those wishing to trace their roots and also to visitors just wanting an insight to the area. The churchyards of Crawfordjohn and many surrounding villages have been research and transcribed and the details from the graveyards are now recorded as books which are also available to buy .
So why not pay a visit to see for yourself how your ancesters may have lived, worked and played in this rural community.
The Crawfordjohn Heritage Centre is operated by a small band of local volunteers who have a wide knowledge of the area and the people who lived there. The history of Crawfordjohn goes back for centuries and some of that history can be found within the museum, but go and have a look for yourself!
Admission is £1.50 for adults and 50p for children
Location: Old Parish Church Crawfordjohn