Clayburn celebrates its history

The village in Abbotsford holds its annual Heritage Day event on Aug. 23

Clayburn Village in Abbotsford will celebrate its history with the annual Heritage Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free events for the family include tours, vendor booths, artisans, old-fashioned children’s games, the Clayburn Museum, and an afternoon tea and barbecue.

Clayburn Village is B.C.’s first company town and one of its oldest historic villages. Though it has evolved over time, it is still a thriving, close-knit community.

The village is located at the foot of Sumas Mountain, east of the Abbotsford-Mission Highway.

It owes its existence to a seam of high-quality fire clay that was discovered late in the last century. John Charles Maclure, the brother of the renowned architect Samuel Maclure, founded the company in 1905.

While the village is part of the City of Abbotsford, it is in part administered by the Clayburn Village Community Society, which promotes community spirit with recreational, cultural and athletic endeavours; the educational value of local history; and the preservation of heritage sites.

For more information, visit clayburnvillage.com.