To celebrate Culture Days in Canada, On This Spot has been sharing featured content in cities and towns across the country this month. Today, we feature not a walking tour but something a little different: a virtual museum tour. Explore the rooms and exhibits of the Trethewey Heritage House in Abbotsford from the comfort of your home and computer.
This tour allows you to wander through the halls and rooms of this house with 360 views. The Craftsman-style “Valloonia” home is a National Historic Site built in 1920. It was owned and initially constructed by Joseph Ogle Trethewey, a key pioneering figure in the development of Abbotsford. The Trethewey family owned the Abbotsford Lumber Company and ran a large mill in the community.
Today, the house has been restored and furnished with circa 1925 furniture and is cared for and operated by the Heritage Abbotsford Society. The mission of this society is to collect, record, preserve and share the stories of Abbotsford. Stewarding a collection of approximately 8,000 belongings, which are actively displayed in Trethewey House, the Heritage Gallery, and the Upper Sumas Train Station, Heritage Abbotsford Society works closely with the community to create and offer inclusive and thought-provoking heritage-focused programs and events for the young and the young at heart.