Building History

Snyder House (1)   One of the first buildings to be moved to Heritage Acres was the Snyder House. The house was built in 1909 and was displaced because of flooding from the Old Man Reservoir. The home served the Snyder family as their primary residence on their ranch. The Snyder’s relocated to Pincher Creek but have visited the home many times. Several very vivid encounters with ghosts have been reported by a family who lived in the home after it was first relocated to Heritage Acres. The Snyder House is utilized as the Heritage Acres administration office and gift shop. Our gift shop provides snacks, beverages and local arts and crafts.

 

General Store (2)  This building was originally used as a bunkhouse on the Milne farm near Claresholm. It was moved to our site in 2002 and remodeled to be used as a general store.

Jumbo Valley Knox Presbyterian Church (3)   This church was built in 1917 and originally located east of Granum. It was moved from its original site and is still used for services. The pews, cross and organ are all original. This church served the Granum area for more than 80 years. The church closed its doors as people were either moving away or passing on. The 3 final hymn numbers still rest on the hymnal board today. You will notice on the west side of the church there is only one window, while there are 4 on the east side. The reason for this is because one frosty night a parishioner hit an icy patch on Highway 519 in front of the church, spun off through the ditch and crashed into the west side of the church, just missing the organ. Services are held here during our Annual Show on the August long weekend and a Christmas service the first Friday in December.

Andrews Log House (4) Moved from the famous local Waldron ranch in 2008. A local rancher built it in 1942. This is a good example of a later built prairie ranch house. When first moved to Heritage Acres the house had electricity, but volunteers took it all out to make it an example of the way of life before modern day conveniences. The porch on the back was added on by volunteers at Heritage Acres. In 1906 and 1907, Dick Andrews worked as part of the team of engineers that designed and constructed the famous Lethbridge bridge. Upon completion of the bridge, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews and their young family moved back to the homestead west of Claresholm.

Ashvale School (5)  This is a typical prairie school building. It was moved in 1990 from the Porcupine Hills where it served (on and off) from 1909-1959 as a school. It was then used as a Recreation Hall. The desks, chalkboard and all the schoolbooks are still in there and are all original. Students would walk or ride on horseback to school every day. In the winter time one of the older students or the teacher would have to go into the school really early in the morning to light the fire in the school and clean up the school so it was warm and ready for the day.

Crystal Village (6)    Ten miniature buildings were made from telephone insulators by “Boss” Zoeteman for his grandchildren. The project started in 1973 and was moved to our site in 1990. Boss built the Church first as a playhouse for his grandchildren. Boss used about 120,000 insulators to make all these buildings. The school house itself is made out of about 8000 insulators.

Zoeteman/Vogelaar Barn (7)     In 1938 the first section of this “one of a kind barn” was built by “Boss” Zoeteman and craftsmen from Europe.  In 1942 Mr. Zoeteman added a second addition onto this already incredible barn. The barn is 110-feet long, the loft is 35 feet in height and in total the barn is 15, 400 sq. feet. Boss Zoeteman was a dairy farmer from Pincher Creek; he used the barn for his dairy operation until around 1959, at which time he sold the barn to the Vogelaar brothers. The Vogelaar brothers also used the barn for their own dairy operation until 1972. The barn and the farming operation were bought by Sproule Agro of Pincher Creek in 2012. Lloyd Sproule of Sproule Agro donated the barn to Heritage Acers in 2012. The barn made the journey from its old home to its new home here at Heritage Acers, The impressive move started on February 4th 2014 and took the barn two days to arrive at Heritage Acres.

Main Display building (8)    This 25,000 Sq.ft. building was completed in 2008. Many thousands of hours (12,000+) of work went into this. It houses a themed display showing farming and ranching from the time the settlers arrived up to the 1960’s. As you walk into this building, there is a 1917 Case Steam Engine. This tractor is one of Heritage Acres most prized artifacts. It would pull an 8-10 furrow plow. It could run faster, stronger, and it did not need to take rests like the horses.

South Annex (9)  This is part of the main building, the south annex displays stationary engines.

Heritage Station (10)   grand opening of the model train station was at the 2010 annual show. Many volunteer hours have been put into making this display and maintaining it. Heritage Station was moved to Heritage Acres in 2009. The model railroad track has an HO gauge track which winds through miniature prairie communities, tunnels in the mountains and across the Prairie, past wind turbines and industrial installations. This display was designed to represent South Western Alberta.

Doukhobor Barn (11)   Saved from flooding when the Oldman dam was built, the Doukhobor Barn was moved to our site in 1990. It houses a display of miniature horses and farm dioramas. The barn was built in 1917, for the Cowley-Lundbreck members of the Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood. It took approximately 52 miles to move the barn a direct distance of about 6.5 miles.

Grain Elevator (12)    Moved from Brocket in 1999 to preserve one of the old prairie sentinels. Working demonstrations are given during the annual show and by arrangement for educational purposes to groups. The official opening ceremonies were held in September of 2003 for the elevator. Many parts and equipment were donated to Heritage Acres to get the grain elevator up and running again.

Summerview Hall (13)   This is used for area dances and  meetings. During the annual show tea, pie, and ice cream are served here and you can come in and relax!

Saw mill (14)    Moved in by the club in 1995 from Mill Creek and restored by members. It was built in the 1930’s and is currently powered by our own Case steam engine during the annual show when logs are sawn into lumber. A second mill from Lee Lake was donated at the same time and the club used both of the sawmills to restore the mill to the current condition how when logs are sawn into lumber.

Wind mill (15) The Persians invented the windmill as far back as 900 BC. They used the windmill to pump water and to grind grain. Without the windmill pumping water, the steam locomotives would not have had the required water to operate. Behind this windmill you can see the electricity generating windmill. Windmills have come a long way.

Cyr House (16)   The Cyr House was built in 1897 by Damas Cyr near Chipman Creek and moved to Heritage Acres several year ago.

Green Quonset (17)   

Brown Quonset –  Concession  (18)   

Restoration Shop (19)

Blacksmith Shop (20)