Over the weekend, several historic homes were opened to the public to offer insight into High River's history, and to sate the curiosities of residents who frequently pass these normally inaccesible homes.
It was all part of the Museum of the Highwood's "Historical Homes Tour", which celebrated its tenth year in 2018.
This year the tour offered eight houses, which were staffed by volunteers who greeted participating residents, and discussed some of the houses history, while showing them around.
The historical sites on tour this year were:
1. The Shorty McLaughlin House
2. St. Benedict's Anglican Church
3. Carlson's on Macleod
4. Maggie's Diner
5. The Leitch House
6. The Butler House
7. The Fulton Thompson House
8. And last but not least: The "Superman" house
Curator for the Museum of the Highwood Irene Kerr, says the Shorty McLaughlin House, housed a family that helped establish High River.
"There's not much in there now, but we have historical display on panels inside the house, to show people its importance to the Macleod Trail, the Stopping House and it's importance towards Southern Alberta History."
The popular tourist destination "Maggie's Diner", which is featured on the hit T.V. series "Heartland" was also open to the public.
Kerr says, its easily the most popular destination on the tour.
"We've had people call from all over Alberta to take their daughters to Maggie's, so we really appreciate Heartland letting us have it on our tour, which is another difficult place to see the inside of. Sometimes when they are filming, they let a few fans inside the set, but it doesn't happen too often. I know I'm excited to see inside Maggie's after watching all the seasons, I haven't had a chance to visit it yet!"
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