Trethewey House built in 1919 for B.C. lumber baron Joseph Ogle “J.O.” Trethewey.
Abbotsford British Columbia
Heritage Abbotsford Society and Trethewey House Heritage Site are OPEN to the public during our regular hours. PLEASE NOTE: We recommend calling us at 604-853-0313 ahead of time for tours as we are unable to accommodate multiple drop-in groups at once due to COVID restrictions.
We require visitors to observe the following:
- Masks are required for entry into Trethewey House or the Heritage Abbotsford office space.
- Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, such as a persistent cough and/or fever, will not be permitted on the premises. If you or any of your household are sick please stay home.
- Visitors who have travelled outside of Canada must observe a minimum 14-day self-isolation period before being permitted to the heritage site.
- Only two (2) visitors permitted at a time within indoor spaces, including the Heritage Gallery and the main floor of Trethewey House Heritage Site. The upstairs of Trethewey House is currently closed to visitors due to insufficient space for physical distancing.
- Physical distancing of 2+ meters is required at all times.
- We recommend that individuals with underlying medical conditions not visit our facility at this time.
- Failure to observe the above risks the closure of our facility. Those who fail to do so will be asked to leave the premises.
The Heritage Site
President of the Abbotsford Lumber Company, J.O. was responsible for leadership of the company during the company’s boom years in the 1920s.
The Carriage House
Located next to Trethewey House is the Heritage Gallery, a reproduction of an original building used to house the Trethewey family automobiles, Joey’s motorcycle and pony.
Today, Joey’s Playhouse serves as a one-room pioneer classroom. Joey’s Playhouse, was rebuilt with the support of a BC Community Spirit Abbotsford 2000 grant funded by the Province of British Columbia and the MSA Museum Society (now Heritage Abbotsford Society).
Upper Sumas Train Station
Originally situated at the corner of Lamson and Vye Road on Sumas Prairie, the station was a stop along the Chilliwack Line which skirted the southern shore of Sumas Lake prior to drainage. Construction of the Chilliwack Line between New Westminster and Chilliwack concluded in 1910.
Sylvia Pincott Heritage Gardens.
The Sylvia Pincott Heritage Garden was opened in 2002 and was named after local environmentalist Sylvia Pincott, founder of Abbotsford’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program and leading advocate for the establishment of the Naturescape program, a provincial initiative.
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Visit Trethewey house
The House is built in an “arts and crafts” style and is constructed using primarily local materials, making it distinct from other buildings of similar age within the City of Abbotsford.
Who we are
Trethewey House Heritage Site is operated by the Heritage Abbotsford Society, a registered non-profit society that depends on government grants, private donations and fundraising efforts to provide services to the people of Abbotsford.
The Memory of the Community
A joint venture with our sponsors
Without these donations, grants, and sponsorship’s, the Heritage Abbotsford Society would not be able to continue bringing entertaining, quality, and educational program offerings and events to the community.
Please consider supporting the Society and Trethewey House Heritage Site.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
We acknowledge the financial support of the City of Abbotsford.
To learn more about our location, hours of operations, booking a tour and special events, please review our FAQ down below.
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2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford, BC V2S3C6 – Parking can be accessed at the side of the Heritage Site off of Alta Avenue.
Drop-In Tour* Hours:
Monday: 1-4 pm
Tuesday: 1 – 4 pm
Wednesday: 1 – 4 pm
Thursday: 1 – 4 pm
Friday: 1 – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
*Interested in taking a tour with a group of 5* individuals? For more information about tours, please consult our Tours page
These tours are available by donation.
Do you have a few hours a week or month you would like to share?
Are you looking for work experience?
Do you want to learn & share Abbotsford’s history?
At Trethewey House Heritage Site, volunteers are the backbone of what we do. As a small local non-profit, we rely heavily on the support of the community to help with programming, special events, and museum operations. Learn more about getting started on our Volunteers Page.
Join the Heritage Abbotsford Society and become an active force in the preservation and perpetuation of Abbotsford’s history, heritage, and culture. Your membership and financial support is crucial to the activities of the Society and goes directly to educating and connecting individuals with the history of the City.
You can learn more about our membership on our membership page.
Field trips to Trethewey House Heritage Site are approximately 90 minutes long and consist of two 45-minute programs of your choice from the selections below (please note: the Trainwhistles and Schoolbells Outreach Program is not offered on site and is not available during field trips).
Looking for additional information about our school programs or how your program will work at Trethewey House Heritage Site? Our Frequently Asked Questions may have the answer! Still have questions? Please contact our Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heritage Abbotsford Society acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and shared territory of the Semá:th and Máthekwi People who have lived in S’ólh Téméxw since time immemorial.