The Morrisons built several other buildings on their property
including the honey extraction house (now our vacation guest cottage), the workshop building, our house
(which was probably built as a home for the farm foreman), another smaller house and a greenhouse.
A large barn was built later. Its thick walls allowed the storage of fruit in the days before refrigeration.
When we bought the property in 2001 we were happy to find that although the exteriors of the buildings were lacking paint,
the structures themselves were still strong.
Armstrong and Morrison were also in the cement business in Vancouver and they knew how to
make good foundations and cement floors and they built the wooden structures to last.
In the next few years, we plan to restore the five buildings that are on our property.
In 2003 we worked on the honey house, including an addition and a bathroom.
It is now a comfortable guest accommodation for visitors who would like a holiday experience on an organic farm in this beautiful, rural area.
Alain restored the glass windows in the tower and put new roofs on the old apple barn and shed. In 2008 we repaired and painted the cedar shingle siding on the tower.
We have plans to rebuild the interior staircase and floors to allow access to top floor of the tower.
The Similkameen offers many historic sites including the Grist Mill and Gardens, the Red Bridge,
the Keremeos Museum, and just half an hour to the West, the historic gold mining town of Hedley.
If you would like more information about local heritage sites go to:
The historic Village of Hedley, B.C.
Nkímip Desert Heritage Centre
For more information about water towers go to:
Canadian water towers
For information about historic sites in British Columbia go to:
Vanishing British Columbia
British Columbia government heritage information
gobc.ca - B.C. heritage sites and tourist attractions
hellobc.com - Official Tourism B.C. site
B.C. historic & heritage sites listing
We invite you to include a visit to our heritage buildings and our organic farm as you tour the rural, historic and unforgettable Similkameen!