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Heritage Abbotsford Society leads various programs and activities aimed to engage and promote the City’s history and heritage to visitors and local residents of all ages, including the young and the young at heart.
Heritage Abbotsford Society and Trethewey House Heritage Site are OPEN to the public during our regular hours. PLEASE NOTE: We recommend calling us at 604-853-0313 ahead of time for tours as we are unable to accommodate multiple drop-in groups at once due to COVID restrictions.
We require visitors to observe the following:
- Masks are required for entry into Trethewey House or the Heritage Abbotsford office space.
- Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, such as a persistent cough and/or fever, will not be permitted on the premises. If you or any of your household are sick please stay home.
- Visitors who have travelled outside of Canada must observe a minimum 14-day self-isolation period before being permitted to the heritage site.
- Only two (2) visitors permitted at a time within indoor spaces, including the Heritage Gallery and the main floor of Trethewey House Heritage Site. The upstairs of Trethewey House is currently closed to visitors due to insufficient space for physical distancing.
- Physical distancing of 2+ meters is required at all times.
- Due to physical distancing protocols we are unable to safely operate the wheelchair lift at present. If you require a lift to access the building we apologize for being unavailable to accommodate you at this time. First priority access will be given to impacted individuals once the lift can be operated safely.
- We recommend that individuals with underlying medical conditions not visit our facility at this time.
- Failure to observe the above risks the closure of our facility. Those who fail to do so will be asked to leave the premises.
Heritage Abbotsford Society
The mission of the Heritage Abbotsford Society is to collect, record, preserve and share the stories of Abbotsford.
Browse our website to learn about local history and what happens at Trethewey House Heritage Site.
We are a registered non-profit society that depends on government grants, private donations and fund-raising efforts to provide its services to the people of Abbotsford.
Take a trip through time and experience Abbotsford's history through our cities Heritage Sites, Walking Tours and Education Programs
Trethewey House tours
Walking tours of Mill Lake and Matsqui Village
Storytime on the Porch speaker series
Various special events for adults, children and families
Our News & Events
The Heritage Abbotsford Society hosts events year round. We invite you to reserve your tickets and join us as we create memories.
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Capturing Our History
Our Collection Of Historical Artifacts and Photos
Trethewey House Heritage Site
Trethewey House was built in 1919 for B.C. lumber baron Joseph Ogle “J.O.” Trethewey. President of the Abbotsford Lumber Company, J.O. was responsible for leadership of the company during the company’s boom years in the 1920s.
The House is built in an “arts and crafts” style and is constructed using primarily local materials, making it distinct from other buildings of similar age within the City of Abbotsford. Trethewey House contains old-growth Abbotsford fir lumber (processed at the Trethewey mill on Mill Lake), and bricks and tile crafted from clay mined on Sumas Mountain (processed at Clayburn Village, B.C.’s first company town), representing two of Abbotsford’s most important early industries.
Trethewey House has undergone extensive restoration work and has been restored to c.1925 by the Heritage Abbotsford Society, with the help of local families and assistance from the Province of British Columbia through British Columbia Arts Council and Direct Access Gaming. Trethewey House was designated a municipal heritage site in 1983.
To Make A Long Story Short
Built Heritage - A Brief History of the Turner House
To find out about the history of Turner House and its builder, George Turner, the reader must take a step back in time to the mid-1850s. At the beginning of that decade, what we now know as British Columbia was still not under formal colonial authority, but on August 2, 1858, the Colonial Office finally established the Colony of British Columbia as a Crown Colony. The Colonial Office, under Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, wanted to establish British rule and order in the new colony, and sent Richard Clement Moody, the head of the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment, to accomplish this goal. When Moody arrived in BC, in December of 1858, he was sworn in as the first Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia and appointed Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for British Columbia.
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To learn more about our location, hours of operations, booking a tour and special events, please review our FAQ down below.
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2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford, BC V2S3C6 – Parking can be accessed at the side of the Heritage Site off of Alta Avenue.
Monday: 1-4 pm
Tuesday: 1 – 4 pm
Wednesday: 1 – 4 pm
Thursday: 1 – 4 pm
Friday: 1 – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
*Interested in taking a tour with a group of 5* individuals? For more information about tours, please consult our Tours page.
Do you have a few hours a week or month you would like to share?
Are you looking for work experience?
Do you want to learn & share Abbotsford’s history?
At Trethewey House Heritage Site, volunteers are the backbone of what we do. As a small local non-profit, we rely heavily on the support of the community to help with programming, special events, and museum operations. Learn more about getting started on our Volunteers application.
Join the Heritage Abbotsford Society and become an active force in the preservation and perpetuation of Abbotsford’s history, heritage, and culture. Your membership and financial support is crucial to the activities of the Society and goes directly to educating and connecting individuals with the history of the City.
You can learn more about our membership on our membership application.
Field trips to Trethewey House Heritage Site are approximately 90 minutes long and consist of two 45-minute programs of your choice from the selections below (please note: the Trainwhistles and Schoolbells Outreach Program is not offered on site and is not available during field trips).
Looking for additional information about our school programs or how your program will work at Trethewey House Heritage Site? Visit the Trethewey House Website
To learn more about the Heritage Abbotsford Walking Tours, visit our Educational Walking Tours page.
Still have questions? Please contact our Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org