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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

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Address: 11153 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2S1, Canada
Phone Number: 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed June 5, 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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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 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 stars Reviewed February 25, 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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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

This is a heritage house made into museum in the university area of Edmonton. It is restored to early 1900's and the interpreters are knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. It has special events throughout the year.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Not only are the artifacts great but having a 'proper tea' is special. A visitor is taken into the past Edmonton into the home of Rutherford. Great experience.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Lovely facility to visit , especially when seasonal events are occurring. Even small children are impressed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

Guides are friendly and they know how to engage school children(and also adults) during the entire duration of the tour.They are dressed in 19th century attire. Admission fee is reasonable and there are other attractions you can explore if you are up for walking: University of Alberta, Laurence Decore lookout, Emily Murphy Park, etc. This place is also conveniently located-walking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is the home that Alberta`s first Premier lived in. The staff dress in period clothing and are very eager to explain how life was in 1905. It is an interesting piece of local history in Edmonton.

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