Southern Albertas Rich Agricultural History
From the early large scale cattle ranches, through the period of arrival of the early pioneers and the challenges they faced with isolation and lack of irrigation. Through the boom years of wheat and sugar beet production and the contributions of the beef, dairy, hog and poultry industry. The stories of the agricultural industry in southern Alberta are rich indeed. Told by the summer staff and through the displays and artifacts at Heritage Acres Farm Museum they are well worth the short drive off Hwy 3 to experience..
Historical Time Period:
1880 to 1960
Heritage Acres was founded in 1988 when the Oldman River Dam was built. 180 acres of land was donated by the provincial government and several significant heritage structures, threa tned by the flooding of the dam, were relocated to the museum. Many other agricultural structures have been relocated since and the site now boasts a fully functional 1906 grain elevator, 1917 Dukhobor horse barn, blacksmith shop, church, log house, general store, school and, recently acquired dairy barns and much more. In addition, a large collection of agricultural and pioneer related artifacts has been developed with which to tell the stories and conduct live demonstrations of the early equipment and farming methods. In 2010 a new 25, 000 sq ft display building was constructed and now showcases the evolution of agricultural equipment from 1880 to 1960.
The museum is open from May long weekend to Sept 15th. Admission is charged
The museum also stages several large agricultural events annually including a Chuck wagon cookout in June, a two day Annual show early August and a Fall fair in Sept. all featuring live demonstrations, good food and entertainment and fun activities for the children.
Visit Heritageacres.org for detailed information on the site, special events and programs.