The owners of the Hazel House did extensive interior renovations on the home, including turning a downstairs bathroom into a bar. (Heritage Chilliwack Society)

The owners of the Hazel House did extensive interior renovations on the home, including turning a downstairs bathroom into a bar. (Heritage Chilliwack Society)

Chilliwack Heritage Society’s ‘On the Porch’ video series shines spotlight on historic homes

Four episodes have been produced so far, featuring the Gwynne Vaughan House and others

If you’re a fan of old homes, a new video series produced by the Heritage Chilliwack Society may be right up your alley.

The first of four (so far) On the Porch videos debuted in late August, with Heritage Chilliwack board member Kristina Legault taking a look at ‘the Hazel house,’ a character home that sits on one-and-a-half acres on Hazel Street and is owned by Minke and Gerald Timmerman.

Episode one, which runs 4:42 in length, takes viewers inside the home for a look at rooms that have been extensively renovated but retain the nostalgic charm of a house that was built in 1913. During the process of renovating, Minke and Gerald actually discovered newspaper clippings dating as far back as 1913 hiding behind a demolished wall.

“We like wallpapering. I don’t know why but we do, and one of the things we did was wallpaper a wall with all the old newspapers we found,” Minke explained in the video.

Episode two of On the Porch features the Carmichael House on Spadina Avenue, an officially designated heritage home that was built in 1911.

Episode three features the Higginson House, located next to the historic Kinkora Golf Course. The property has been in the same family since 1887 and the house was built in 1904-05.

“When I go up and down the stairs holding on to the handrail, I think of all the people who’ve done the same thing over 100-plus years,” said Don Forbes, who owns the property. “It’s a very comforting thought.”

The most recent episode, posted to YouTube one week ago, shines the spotlight on one of Chilliwack’s most well-known houses.

The Gwynne Vaughan House sits on 6.8 acres is owned and maintained by the City of Chilliwack. It was built in 1896 by Mr. A.D. Driscoll.

It ended up in the hands of the Gwynne Vaughan family in 1902 and in their hands it stayed until 1993, when Adelaide Bateman (Adelaide Gwynne Vaughan) passed away and bequeathed the house and property to the city. The 2:37 long episode takes viewers on a tour of the exterior and interior.

READ MORE: Moving day for 110-year-old heritage house

READ MORE: Effort to move Chilliwack heritage house on Maitland falls through


@ProgressSports
eric.welsh@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

chilliwackHeritage

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)
Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford goes virtual for 2021

Annual auction raises money for world hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The Bug Girl, written by seven-year-old Sophia Spencer, is being given to 500 B.C. classrooms as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. (Submitted photos)
Reading challenges part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Abbotsford-based BC Agriculture in the Classroom participates in 10th annual event

Two teens were sent to hospital after being stabbed Saturday evening. (Shane MacKichan photo)
Two teens stabbed in Abbotsford

20-year-old man has been detained

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Inez Louis, who is strategic operations planner with the health department in the Sto:lo Service Agency, talks about infection control in the latest YouTube video about COVID-19 created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network. (YouTube)
VIDEO: Nurse Inez Louis explains how infection control is not social control

The difference is important for Indigenous people to hear in the context of Canada’s colonial past

Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Approximate location of the vehicle incident. (Google Maps)
Vehicle incident blocking Coquihalla traffic in both directions

Both directions of traffic stopped due to vehicle incident

Most Read