Clayburn Village celebrates its heritage

The tour will showcase eight private homes and two community buildings in Clayburn Village in Abbotsford.

Clayburn Village will celebrate its history with Heritage Day and a heritage house tour on Sunday, July 15.

The tour will showcase eight private homes and two community buildings.

These include homes designed by architect Samuel Maclure, and include clinker brick homes, a village store, artisan shops, the original schoolhouse, a country church, diverse decorating styles and cottage gardens.

Free events for the family include village and brick factory site tours, vendor booths, artisans, vintage cars, old-fashioned children’s games and a vintage fashion show.

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.

Tickets for the house tours are $25 and will be available at the event. For more information about Heritage Day, email clayburnday@hotmail.com.  For more information about Clayburn Village, go to ClayburnVillage.com.

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