Up the winding stairway, the second floor originally consisted of 4 bedrooms; one was converted into a bathroom about the year 1950 - a big improvement over the path to the outhouse. The bedroom contains a bedstead from the early 1940's, the dresser and washstand date back to the more profitable 1920's. The hand made bedspread was made by one of our pioneer women and dates back to 1900. The china water pitcher and basin and the chamber pot under the bed were treasured possessions in almost every bedroom.

This room is comfortably arranged with a velour chesterfield and chair and an Axminster rug in the centre. The pump organ dates back to the early 1900's and the wind-up record player was popular in many homes in the 1920's and 30's. The telephone switchboard, used up until the change to dial in 1973, grew from 10 or 12 numbers in 1913 to over 100 by the end of its era. The telephone booth originally sat in the corner of the old cafe.

Here we see an old coal and wood range with warming oven and reservoir. The sideboard provided a work top and cupboard space for dishes, supplies and cutlery. The cupboard on the left also provided a work surface and the bins below held large supplies of sugar and flour.

Avonlea Heritage Museum displays local artifacts of pioneers who homesteaded the area in the early 1900's. It also depicts a history of the area, it's occupations and archaeological findings.

The Avonlea Heritage Museum is situated prominently at the end of Main Street, Avonlea, Saskatchewan in the former CNR Station which was built in 1912. The building was purchased from the Canadian National Railway in 1981 and has been declared a "Heritage Site".

Volunteers make up the Executive and Board of Directors who meet monthly.

Ok, this is the "look" of it. I'll be adding to it shortly, so if there's anything you would like to see, (or wouldn't) just let me know. cathy@avonleadesign.com

I added the Events button (top right) and soon museum board members will be able to create/edit events, as well as, create little stories like this one for the frontpage.