Learn, Discover, Reflect
at The Mennonite Story, St. Jacob's, Ontario.
The Mennonite Story
The Mennonite Story Centre is moving! We are now located on the grounds of the St Jacobs Farmers MArket, in a 1939 Log House built by Mennonite ancestors who settled in this area. We still respectfully share our Mennonite/Amish history, faith and culture. We are still reassembling our museum exhibits, which will be ready by spring. We can still offer speakers and step-on guides to bus groups, as well as our countryside driving tour for smaller private groups & families. Come see us this summer!
We still feature our video entitled ‘The Old Order’. Ask about our audio translation available in 9 languages. Extend your experience with an outside tour of the beautiful countryside, and fully immerse yourself in our local Mennonite communities. And, of course, enjoy Canada's largest Outdoor Farmers Market, where Mennonite vendors and products abound! While you're here, be sure to get some food that really "schmecks gut!"
Learn about the rich history of Mennonites locally and worldwide at our Log House. (available in Spring 2023)
Immerse yourself in the world of the local
Old Order Mennonite community and see the beauty of their rural lifestyle.
Schools & Group Education
Visiting “The Mennonite Story” is an engaging learning opportunity for students of all ages. School visits can be customized.
"It was wonderful to meet you on Saturday and thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to tour the museum and learn about Mennonite history and culture."
— M Fernandes, unsolicited email
The Village of St. Jacobs
The Village of St. Jacobs is a beloved destination steeped in history and set in a charming location along the Conestoga River, and only 3 km north of St. Jacobs Farmers' Market.
It's a community known for originality, one-of-a-kind shops, and as a place that blends a pastoral setting with remarkable shopping experiences and fun things to do.
Experience the magic of visiting St. Jacobs; getting to know the shopkeepers and enjoying the charm of the town.
Mennonite & Amish Plain Communities
This region is home to many the types of Mennonites described at The Mennonite Story. You can see Mennonite meeting houses, parochial schools, farms, shops, horses & buggies, and our people themselves. please be respectful as they go about their plain lifestyle.
West Montrose Covered Bridge
See this rare site, the longest covered bridge in Ontario, situated in the hamlet of West Montrose. Once supporting a provincial highway, it is still a functioning roadway bridge, passable for light vehicles, including horse and buggies.
Driving in this area, you can see plenty of pastoral scenes, and natural vistas. On any given day you may witness farming practices you remember from yesteryear as well as futuristic technology you hadn't imagined.
Mennonite Food & Products
In addition to shops in St Jacobs Village, the Township of Woolwich has many on farm stores, shops and roadside stands selling products from local homes & farms, such as: apples, maple syrup, baking, quilts, flowers, & quilts.
Email us to request certain sites, food or stops.