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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

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Neighbourhood: Garneau
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Address: 11153 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2S1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 780-427-3995
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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site was the home of the first Premier...

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site was the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. In 1911, A.C. Rutherford, his wife Mattie and their family moved into this beautiful brick mansion near the university campus. The family entertained friends, relatives and influential Edmontonians for more than a generation. Today, this restored and furnished Edwardian-era home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours and special events.

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The tour guide was wonderful in her knowledge of the house, the family. And Alberta history more broadly. It was a gem on the U of A campus.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The tour guide was wonderful in her knowledge of the house, the family. And Alberta history more broadly. It was a gem on the U of A campus.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It was a delight and privilege to be at this well-preserved example of a home from the early 20th century. We had a personalized tour and the fellow was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the house and occupants. It was enlightening to find out about the impact made on education in Alberta by Mr. Rutherford.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

When Alberta's First Premier chose to build his home on the south side of the river in 1911 so he could see across to the legislative building, the trees weren't tall enough to block the valley view, or his neighbours. That might be the most striking change to the beautifully restored and preserved brick mansion of A. C. Rutherford on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Pretty cool place to visit, the house is old and unique and perfectly restored, the guides give a nice story of the original owners, and the original clothing an effects are in the house. Very cool for history buffs.

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Thank Karenmagnuso
Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is one of Alberta's historical gems. It is historical from a political perspective as well as private life of one of the most influential people of our province. The house is furnished with period pieces and has been beautifully maintained. Allow at least an hour to tour the house and small grounds.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Rutherford House is a gem from the early 20th century!! It is furnished with furniture, dishes, light fixtures, rugs etc from that time. The guides are excellent & spend an hour going through the house with you & providing an enjoyable history lesson!! It is open year round & located on the University of Alberta campus.

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Sherwood Park, Alberta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

I have visited this historic site many times and love how the staff are in period coco others and really make history real.Lovely gardens also Would love to see the tea room restored

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Get the guided tour. It is more than getting to know about a building. It is a history lesson told in the context of the lives and times of the first Premier of Alberta and his wife and children. Also get to know a little about their housekeepers. The times dictate you know a bit about WWI and its impact... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

We have gone for High Tea three different times. Each time we have encountered ages form the Senior to the little girls dressed in their frilly dresses, to families with their teenagers in hats,gloves and pearls. Three us us went for my 60 th birthday, on a warm sunny day in July. Yes we did have on our hats, gloves... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Beautiful home with lots of interesting history. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Bit disappointed the restaurant was closed - not sure if that was a seasonal thing.

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