Step back in time with Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills
Jul 20, 2015
Kilby is the site of the 1900's general store and farm in Harrison Mills that played an important part in the history of the area. Opened in 1906 by Thomas and Eliza Kilby and then taken over by their son, Acton, in 1922, the store remains a living monument to the 1920's. Walk through the aisles, look through the cases, and marvel at the antiques and novelties that line the walls.
Behind the main room of the general store lies the mailroom and main house where the Kilby's lived and raised their family. The staff at Kilby Historic Site have set the stage beautifully in the dining room and kitchen, giving you the sense that you've time travelled to a 1920's dinner party. Upstairs, the beds are made and a variety of exhibits walk you through the history of the area.
The building that houses the store and living quarters is built up on stilts and surrounded by raised walkways. This part of Harrison Mills flooded often in the 1920's and from the deck of the store you can see a small portion of where the Fraser and Harrison Rivers meet. The general store is one of the original buildings on the site and it's amazing to think that it withstood flood waters time and again.
The farm and petting zoo are situated near the site's restaurant and gift shop and the animals are incredibly friendly. Make sure you leave time to visit Peppermint The Goat and her friends; two pigs, cows, sheep, and several chickens. They each have their own personality and you'll quickly fall in love!
Since the Kilby Historic Site is a non-profit run by committed individuals, the restaurant and nearby campground help to raise most of the funds for maintenance of the buildings, animals, and the grounds. Plan your visit around breakfast or lunch at the restaurant (we had the BLT, yumm!!) and save room for dessert, Kilby is well known for it's delicious pies! View the menu by clicking here.
Kilby Historic Site has been a key participant in the Circle Farm Tour since the program started a decade ago and they focus on local food from other Circle Farm Tour members including ice cream from Birchwood Dairy in Abbotsford and coffee from The Back Porch in Agassiz. One more reason to stop by the restaurant as part of your visit!
Kilby Park and Campground is just down the road and absolutely beautiful! There is a full service campground, boat launch and day use area. For more information on rates and online booking, click here.
Kilby holds a wide variety of themed events, including the Bald Eagle Festival - click here for the full calendar.
Kilby website www.kilby.ca
215 Kilby Road - Harrison Mills, BC
There are 5 Circle Farm Tours to explore:
Tours are self-guided with road maps and detailed descriptions provided on the website and downloadable brochures.
We can't wait to see what you get up to!