“At last we turned a little corner and found ourselves in a bay & the landing stage for the Mission near at hand…., whilst we walked on the two miles to Guisachan and took possession of our new domain by moonlight.” Lady Aberdeen (Ishbel Gordon) journal entry October 4th, 1891.

The Central Okanagan Heritage Society has been awarded a contract with the Canadian Museum of History to develop an exhibit for The Virtual Museum of Canada.

‘Advance with Courage: Lord and Lady Aberdeen in the Okanagan’

will explore the unusual circumstances of the aristocratic Scottish couple, Lord and Lady Aberdeen, who in 1891 purchased land in the Okanagan Valley sight unseen. The Aberdeens named the property ‘Guisachan Farm’ and ensconced Lady Aberdeen’s brother as its manager. The exhibit will follow the Aberdeens’ time at Guisachan and the trail north to the Coldstream Ranch which they purchased in 1892. The Aberdeens had a profound impact on the Okanagan with their encouragement of British and Scottish immigration, the first commercial attempts at fruit growing and first Presbyterian Church in the area. While much of Lord and Lady Aberdeen’s history in Canada is well-documented, their years in the Okanagan are relatively unknown. ‘Advance with Courage’ will present a new chapter to this remarkable couple’s story.

We are very pleased to have the opportunity to present this history and invite community input and participation in exhibit development. If you would like to participate, please contact us at 250-861-7188 or cohs@telus.net.
The exhibit will launch in the fall of 2018.