Kilby Historic Site (Harrison Mills, BC)
I’m a privileged guy. Every time I get invited to undertake a media trip, there is ALWAYS a historic component, and most DMOs and PR agencies focused on travel who pitch me really understand how important history and geography are to me (for example, read one of my recent travel posts on the Fort Langley historic site). In particular, because I’m not a born-Canadian, I think I appreciate the history, anthropology, sociology and geography of particular locations. And I hope I bring that fresh perspective to my readers. When I got invited to “Christmas in Harrison Mills”, I was really pleased to see that one of the stops we had was at Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills.
Located near the junction of the Harrison and Fraser Rivers, the Kilby Historic Site stands as the only reminder of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills, British Columbia, Canada. Step back in time and enjoy a leisurely tour of the Kilby Historic Site with its magnificent 1906 General Store Museum. Visitors will view a fascinating gallery of product packaging dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Don’t miss the intriguing artifacts in the heritage Post Office and Manchester House Hotel; both were an integral part of the Harrison Mills community at the turn of the twentieth century.
While the site is closed this season, it will be open NEXT season (e.g. for December/Christmas/Holidays 2012). This is such a beautiful location filled with history. There are two main components to the museum in Kilby Historic Site: the farm (dating to the 1920s) and the store.
We had an opportunity to tour the store, the hotel/guest house components and the actual farm.
Luckily there were things to see for each and every one of us (some of my travel companions, like Christie Lohr, Melissa Lawson and Catherine Roscoe Barr are very interested in fashion, and we got to see some of the fashion of the time)
I noticed that a number of the rooms were fitted as living quarters much like other museums I have visited before, like Roedde House in Vancouver, and the Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria. We also toured the store, which was in many ways a general store (with anything from shoes to food!)
We had a fantastic time, and I’m pretty sure my colleagues who traveled on this FAM tour could appreciate the fun of this historic site. I will definitely bring some of my friends on a tour of Kilby Historic Site, so close to Vancouver (less than 1.5 hours drive!).
Disclosure: I was invited to visit Kilby Historic Site as part of a familiarization tour for Christmas in Harrison Mills 2012. My travel to and from Harrison Mills was covered as part of the media tour. This post was neither paid for nor expected, but I do think that this historic site is an excellent place for a museum fan. As always, all views are mine, and I retain editorial control on anything I publish on my site.