The Shuswap’s largest heritage attraction opens for the season, May 10!

Discover this beautiful park set on 40 acres of pioneer Shuswap farm land.  R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is located at 751 Highway 97 B Salmon Arm, and opens for the season on Wednesday, May 10.  The Village & Museum are open Wednesday thru Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and during July and August are open 7 days a week.  General admission is by donation.

Explore the Museum and the exhibits that tell the stories of our rich heritage.  This season, Curator Deborah Chapman  sorts community laundry into darks and lights for the exhibit on a local historic Chinese hand laundry in “It’s laundry day everyday”.  A second topic, the making of a community, is explored in a photo essay focusing on the early businesses of Salmon Arm.

Not to be missed is “A town divided – a CPR Station on the mainline”.  In 2014, the current Salmon Arm C.P.R. Station turned 100 without fanfare or celebration.  It was just a regular day with trains passing through…but in 1914, life was different: travelers walked in to town and began using the station, trains arrived and departed while people disembarked or bought tickets from the station master.  Raw milk, fruit, and other goods were loaded onto the rail cars as mail and commercial goods were dropped off for the local people of Salmon Arm.  The CPR station connected the community of Salmon Arm to other cities and towns along the mainline.

You can take a guided tour through Haney House, a 105 year old farm house restored to a more genteel time.  Walk the Heritage Village featuring 14 relocated and replicated buildings telling the rich history of Salmon Arm and its pioneers.

Stroll the 2.34 km of nature walking trails, taking you through four climatic zones.  With a field guide in hand, you can identify the plants used by the First Nations and pioneer families for food and medicine.  If you like treasure hunting and have a GPS unit, try looking for hidden geocaches – it’s a great way to find new areas to explore!

Chef Zach Harder, will be serving up a home cooked $8.99 daily lunch specials in Marjorie’s Tea Room, open Wednesday thru Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Some recipes are from local pioneers and use vegetables and fruits grown in the gardens at the Village.  The Tea Room is a quaint place for locals and visitors to take a break and enjoy good food in beautiful surroundings.

Dinner Theatre begins July 2 with shows Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during July and August, with a special matinee on Thursday, August 17.  Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre Productions is a highlight of Salmon Arm’s summer entertainment and reservations are a must.

To mark the opening of the season, visit the Village on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 & 14, and enjoy our famous Pioneer Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 am – 11:00am in Marjorie’s Tea Room for $6.00.

For more information on what’s happening at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum call 250-832-5243, or visit our website www.salmonarmmuseum.org.  Come and explore our rich Salmon Arm heritage!

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