Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm
13723 Crescent Road
South Surrey/White Rock
Phone: 604-592-6956
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Historic Stewart Farm
Historic Stewart Farm

Situated in the Elgin Heritage Park on the banks of the Nicomekl River. Located at 13723 Crescent Road, South Surrey. Follow the same directions to get to Crescent Beach: If you are taking Highway 99 south from Vancouver, exit off highway 99 just before where highway 99a and 99 intersect. Follow the signs to Crescent Beach. Once on Crescent Road, after a mile or two, look for the Historic Stewart Farm sign.

For a taste of Surrey heritage, come to Historic Stewart Farm. Visitors will experience a beautifully restored 1894 farm house, the pole barn, root cellar, and heirloom gardens, all sitting on the shores of the Nicomekl River. Heritage Services offers a variety of interactive, hands-on school programs, activities for children and families, courses and workshops for teens and adults, and seasonal special events for the whole community.

Age Group: 

Best age would be best around the age of 1 ½ and up. Of course all ages are welcome!

Hours of Operation: 

Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm
Closed Mondays and Statutory Holidays
Seasonal closure: December 21/09-February 8/10

Cost: 

Adults: $5, Seniors & Students: $3.75
Child & Youth: $2.50
5 & Under: Free

Workshop prices and special events price vary.

Highlights: 

The Historic Stewart Farm depicts the turn of the century life of the Stewarts, one of Surrey’s leading pioneer families. This picturesque and unique heritage site is located on the banks of the Nicomekl River. Its 1894 Victorian farmhouse and grounds are home to a wide variety of seasonal special events, heritage craft activities, school programs, demonstrations and tours.

The restored Pole Barn presents a display of vintage agricultural tools and illustrates barn construction techniques. The Heritage Gardens and orchard contain flower, vegetable and fruit varieties available to the Stewart family a century ago. A great place to bring a picnic, let the kids run off some energy, or go for a nature walk on the scenic walking trails.

There are year round tours by staff and volunteers dressed in Victorian-style clothing. Unique activities at this historic site include woodstove cooking, heritage crafts, parlor games, blacksmith demonstrations and old fashioned fun. Picnics can be held at a nearby park and trails through meadows, marshland, and forests are available. A unique experience to be enjoyed by all.

Pole Barn
This heritage barn, also built in 1894, is one of the last of its kind. Constructed from unmilled lumber, the Pole Barn features midstrey canopies that allowed a fully loaded hay wagon to be driven through. The barn stored hay, machinery and originally housed six draught horses, one bull, one sow and four to six dairy cows. It is now home to a display of antique agricultural tools.

Boat House Display
This exhibit building depicts life on the Nicomekl River and around the Crescent Beach area during the 1950s and 1960s. A crab boat and an original Easthope engine, or 'one lunger', are features of a display that includes information on the local oyster farming and crabbing industry, boat building, and fish processing.

Heritage Gardens
These very special gardens boast varieties of flowers, vegetables and herbs that would have been planted by local farmers 100 or more years ago, many of them now rare and hard to find. A team of dedicated volunteers tends the gardens using organic methods. Visitors are invited to stroll around the beds and enjoy the sight of pie pumpkins, carrots and heirloom beans, and heritage roses, snapdragons, calendulas and sunflowers, to name a few of the plants grown here. Seeds for many of these varieties are usually available in the spring.

Seasonal activities and learning activities are available at the Farm!

Victorian Fair – July (visit web site for actual date)
Spend a memorable summer afternoon at the Farm with family and friends. Bring a picnic lunch and taste hand-cranked ice cream and lemonade. Enjoy old-time music and take part in traditional games and sports. Costumed guides will give tours of the 1894 Stewart Farmhouse and grounds.

Apple Day - September (visit web site for actual date)
Celebrate everything apple! Tour the orchard, view displays, taste fresh cider and baking. Master gardeners will answer questions and vendors will provide fruit trees, honey and information on bees.

Christmas Open House & Evening Carol Sing - December (visit web site for actual date)
Celebrate a traditional holiday by touring the 1890s farmhouse decorated for Christmas, sampling woodstove-baked treats and hot spiced apple cider, and making heritage crafts.

In the evening, join them for an old-fashioned Carol Sing. Experience how Surrey families made Christmas music together 100 years ago, and sample some figgy pudding as you sing and hear traditional carols.

Tips: 
  1. The surrounding park is an ideal spot for picnics, so bring food to have a picnic!
  2. Bring your walking shoes to take the walking trails that take visitors through meadows, marshland and forests, where wildlife and waterfowl can be observed.
  3. The have wonderful kid friendly events throughout the year see their web site or check out the Kids Vancouver events page!
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