Koote­nai Brown Pi­o­neer Vil­lage in Open Farm Days

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Heather Cameron

Koote­nai Brown Pi­o­neer Vil­lage in Pincher Creek, Al­berta is one of sev­eral lo­ca­tions that will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in Open Farm Days on Au­gust 17, 2019.

“We saw this as an op­por­tu­nity to highlight and pro­mote lo­cally sourced, lo­cally grown/fed beef and veg­eta­bles.,” Is­abelle Charette, Sum­mer Mu­seum As­sis­tant for the Koote­nai Brown Pi­o­neer Vil­lage and In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, said. “The Pi­o­neer Vil­lage pro­vides a fan­tas­tic meal that sup­ports the com­mu­nity and gives a unique tast­ing of Pincher Creek.”

Charette says that Koote­nai Brown Pi­o­neer Vil­lage is open to all visi­tors through­out our Open Farm Days event. And that the vil­lage will have all build­ings open and avail­able for visi­tors to walk through and ex­plore. In ad­di­tion to the reg­u­lar sights, a Farmer’s Mar­ket, beer gar­dens, and sheep shear­ing/wool spin­ning will be part of this year’s event, and a lo­cally grown, farm fresh lunch will also be avail­able for $12.

“At the Koote­nai Brown Pi­o­neer Vil­lage, you are truly able to re­live the Western Cana­dian frontier, circa 1890,” Charette says. “With two dozen her­itage build­ings and two mu­seum build­ings lit­er­ally burst­ing at the seams with eye-catch­ing exhibits and in­trigu­ing ar­ti­facts chron­i­cling our pi­o­neer past, visi­tors travel back in time to ex­plore our unique lo­cal chap­ter of Cana­dian his­tory.”

The Pi­o­neer Vil­lage, Charette says, be­gan in 1966 with the for­ma­tion of the Pincher Creek & Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the first build­ing brought to the fa­cil­ity was one of Ir­ish-born John Ge­orge “Koote­nai” Brown. Brown’s legacy, ac­cord­ing to Charette, was from his de­sire to pre­serve the nat­u­ral beauty of the lo­cal moun­tains. When the Koote­nay For­est Re­serve was cre­ated in 1895 by the Do­min­ion Gov­ern­ment, Brown was ap­pointed to War­den and he re­tained this po­si­tion 16 years later when the area was el­e­vated to Na­tional Park sta­tus.

“From the ar­rival of that first build­ing, the So­ci­ety’s for­ti­tude and de­vo­tion only grew, as did our vil­lage,” Charette says.

“To this day, we now have more than two dozen her­itage build­ings, in­clud­ing: two pi­o­neer school­houses, ranch homes, and Fa­ther La­combe’s Her­mitage. We cel­e­brate more than 50 years of vol­un­teer toil, western spirit, and the lore of Pincher Creek and area’s im­por­tant his­toric role in build­ing our re­gion, our prov­ince, and our na­tion. The Koote­nai Brown Pi­o­neer Vil­lage man­date is to pre­serve, pro­mote, and present the rich and var­ied his­tory of this unique south­west­ern cor­ner of Al­berta.”

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