From Olympic Games to Garden Games

From Olympic Games to Victorian Garden Games

The history of organized sports and games is very long and varied.   The ancient Olympic competitions, for example, began in Greece in 776 BCE and continued for 12 centuries.  After a hiatus of almost 1500 years the Olympic games were revived in 1896 and continue to be celebrated today.
Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race
Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race
For more information about the history of the Olympics you can visit:   The Real Story of the Ancient Olympics.
Belleville’s museum, Glanmore National Historic Site, rich with local history, has its own 30+ year tradition of offering summer games for museum visitors to try.
learning to walk on stilts at Glanmore National Historic Site
Learning to walk on stilts at Glanmore National Historic Site
Families are encouraged to play together and experience a variety of historic outdoor pastimes during Garden Games offered on the afternoon of August 10, 2016 as part of the Summer Fun at the Museum series.
Stilt walking, croquet and  barrel hoop bowling are just a few of the many games  and sports that can be enjoyed under the canopy of Glanmore’s majestic maple trees.
Members of the Kingston Heritage Ambassadors play croquet on the lawn at Glanmore.
In the spirit of the Olympics, why not challenge one another to a friendly barrel hoop race, croquet match or other old-fashioned amusement?
Modern technology has provided us with endless hours of entertainment.  Sometimes we need a reminder that there can be just as much or more enjoyment to be had from playing outdoors.
With the Olympic games in the spotlight, playing historic games is a great way to connect children with history.  Their natural curiosity and love for fun and games is engaged while learning about the past.

Did You Know?  

The History Behind Some of Glanmore’s Garden Games…

Croquet—This game, originally called “Paille Maille,” was developed in 14th Century France.   It was popular in England in the 1700s.  The Irish called this game “crooky.” Croquet became popular in North America during the mid to late 1800s.
Hoops—There is record of Children bowling barrel hoops in Greece during the 6th Century BCE.  2000 years ago, Romans complained that children playing hoops in the streets were getting in the way of chariots.
Quoits—This ring toss game derives from the ancient Greek game of throwing a discus.  It gained popularity in England during the 12th century  and was often played by sailors on ships.
Stilt walking—Chinese stilt walkers performed dances to entertain their Emperor  during the 7th century BCE.
Graces—this game was named for the graceful way in which players toss a ribbon decorated ring into the air and catching with sticks.  It was especially popular with girls in the late 1700s and early 1800s.