Heritage Acres Farm Museum 

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Large scale cattle ranching dominated the agricultural landscape in Southern Alberta during the latter part of the 1800s, a reign abruptly inturupted by the construction of the transcontinental railroad and the arrival of unprecedented numbers of pioneer settlers and homesteaders. The history of cattle ranching, triumphs and unbelievable hardships of those early pioneers and inovations in farming and machinery through to 1960 , makes the evolution of agricultural in Southern Alberta a compelling and enlightning story to tell.


Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Rocky mountains lies Heritage Acres Farm Museum, a 180 acre site steeped in history and filled with country charm. Established in 1988, the Museum is now home to an extensive collection of pioneer, early transportation and farm-related artifacts. A significant number of relocated heritage buildings also adorn the site, all filled with interesting artifacts recreating a bygon era.

Heritage Acres Farm Museum is dedicated to promoting an intrest in and preserving the agricultural history of Southern Alberta from 1880 to 1960. Central to that mandate is actually "demonstrating" the agricultural equipment and methods utilized during that time period; Several major events are dedicated to that purpose annually, with both privately owned pieces and select pieces, from the museums tiered collection, working and on display. (see website for details)

 Snacks, tea and coffee are available in the Tea Room on site or bring your own picnic lunch but come prepared to stay a while!!
 

Permanent Collections and Exhibitions:

  • 25, 000 sq. ft. main display building showcasing a large collection of artifacts depicting the development of agriculture, 1880 - 1960.
  • Transportation collection, featuring vintage cars and trucks.
  • 1906 UGG Grain elevator (operating at special events).
  • 1918 Doukhobor barn and nearby Blacksmith Shop with displays and equipment which take you back to the horse era.
  • Dedicated model train building with large, operational display.
  • Pioneer village.
  • 1917 Jumbo valley church.
  • 1909 one room school.
  • Log house. 
  • General store.
  • Crystal Village; a collection of 10 miniature buildings build with over 120,000 glass telephone insulators.
  • Several additional, large agricultural artifacts, display buildings.

 

Programs:

  • School tours and programs
  • Guided group tours available on request. 
  • Special Events (See website for dates and details)
    • Chuckwagon cookout
    • Heritage days (3 day Annual show)
    • Fall Fair
  • Facility rentals (Weddings, reunions and corporate events)
    • Barn loft
    • Church
    • Summerview hall
    • Museum grounds