Take a scenic drive with the family along Westside Road to explore one of the best kept secrets in the Okanagan….the stately Manor House at Fintry. Take a tour and view the assemblage of priceless collectibles; watch the video and learn about Dun-Water’s history and how Fintry got its name. The Summer Fair on Sunday, July 15th promises entertainment, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food, music, dancing, and the ever-popular Kalamalka Highlanders! Entry is by donation and dogs on leash are welcome. Gates open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Pewter Ware was in common use (for thousands of years) until the early 19th century. In fact it wasn’t until the reign of Charles II that silver plates became fashionable.
About 25 years ago one of our board members, Rosemary, bought this pewter plate at a garage sale for 25 cents thinking it would be perfect to use under a house plant. It served this purpose for quite a while before being replaced with a less ‘rough’ looking substitute.
In Rosemary’s words:
“I came across it (the plate) recently and decided to show it to Dan Bruce, our Curator for Fintry Manor House. He asked if he could keep it and saying “Yes” he explained it’s history. The letters stamped on the rim identify the owner. The plate would be kept on a rack behind a Pub bar. I understand this would be the same for a beer mug. When the owner came in for lunch or a meal he had his own utensils. This plate goes back to the ’17th’ Century.”
It makes you wonder about the owner and all those meals he enjoyed at his local pub. It also makes you wonder what treasures might be found a garage sale near you!
It’s a go! The Board of Directors met today at Fintry and made the decision to go ahead with the Mother’s Day Fair this Sunday. The house has had a spring cleaning… the grounds are looking great and the sun is scheduled to shine on the weekend.
Come and join us for fun, great food, lots of vendors, music & of course the bagpipes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get plants for your garden & gifts for Mom.
The Fintry Board of Directors will be meeting at the Manor House tomorrow. At that time a decision will be made as to whether the fair will go ahead as planned this Sunday (Mother’s Day) or if it will have to be postponed.
Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates. We keep you informed.
Ever get one of those moments when every day chores just seem overwhelming? Seems like the Laird even had to hang his boots out to dry. Then there’s the laundry done by hand probably in a bucket with water hauled from the creek.
If your chores seem overwhelming and you want to take a break why not consider volunteering at Fintry.
On Saturday, May 6th, a group will get together for our annual Spring Cleaning of the Manor House, Barn Complex and garden. Bring a lunch and a willingness to have a good time.
Or perhaps you’d like to help visitors to the site have a more enjoyable experience by becoming a tour guide. (if you’re interested training will be provided)
If you’d like to help preserve the history of Fintry for future generations you might consider becoming a member of the board of directors.
We are looking forward to the new season at Fintry beginning with the Mother’s Day Fair on May 14th.
Just over 20 years ago a group of people concerned with the preservation of the Fintry Heritage Site (including the Manor House, Octagonal Barn & Packing House) worked together to make their dream a reality. Each person brought their own experience and strengths to the table. Because of their dedication the province of BC in conjunction with the Central Okanagan regional District, purchased the 360 hectare Fintry Estate.
Since that time the Manor House has been repaired, restored and refurnished. Today visitors are transported back in time to learn the unique history of the Laird of Fintry (Captain Dun-Waters).
Over the past year a new prep kitchen (to be used for weddings, family reunions etc.) has been built along with a caretaker’s suite & housing for two summer students.
The Friends of Fintry are looking for people who would like to continue that dream as a member of the board of directors. If you think you would like to be part of Fintry’s history going forward please send an email to [email protected]
All you need to bring to the table is a desire to preserve history for future generations.
Took a quick trip to Fintry today to see how the renovations are progressing. The Manor House isn’t open for tours during the winter months but there was certainly lots going on. What a difference!
The kitchen, which was formerly part of a suite that had been rented out to caretakers, has been transformed. The large space now has a prep kitchen (for big events such as weddings) as well as a seating area where visitors can enjoy a short movie about Fintry before beginning their tour of the house.
The upstairs, probably only used for storage during Dun-Waters time, now has two bedrooms for summer students, a caretaker’s suite, an office for our Executive Director, storage area and a large room which will be used for Board meetings.
Part of the renovations include the Laird’s bedroom. This once inaccessible room is almost ready to become part of the Manor House tours.
Before leaving Fintry we took a break to climb up the stairs by the falls. The thundering sound of cascading water at Short’s Creek Falls is always so powerful this time of year. The Spring thaw is beginning….
Marie Harrop recently celebrated her 99th birthday. Friends of Fintry offer this lovely lady sincere congratulations.
Marie and her husband Art Harrop lived and worked at Fintry from 1939-47. Art actually began there as a 19-year-old in 1933, working in the dairy operation and later in the orchard and packinghouse.
The couple married in 1939 and moved into the chalet at Fintry. The home, located a stone’s throw from what’s now the 307th step of the staircase along the falls, burned down decades later. After wearing out several pairs of shoes climbing up and down the steep slope to and from the chalet, Marie asked Art to inquire about moving to another house on the property. They moved into a little house, also gone now, just west and south of the White House. Although the chalet was a better structure, their new home was easier to get to.
Marie says she enjoyed living at Fintry, where she was homemaking, swimming and playing tennis at Ewings Landing. Still, she found the days long and wanted something else to do. She asked Art to talk to Fintry’s Estate Manager, Mr. Angus Gray, about another job she might do, perhaps in the packinghouse. Mr. Gray agreed and Marie became a fruit packer along with a largely Japanese crew in a packinghouse by the lake on the Fintry property. She did that happily for a number of years.
Marie recalls meeting Capt. Dun-Waters on only a few occasions. At that time (1939), he was very ill but she remembers him being a very nice man. Marie and Art worked at Fintry during the Fairbridge Farm era. She remembers the young people there learning how to farm. Until recently, she maintained contact with some of them.
Marie and Art moved from Fintry to Ellison in 1947 to work on the Bulman Ranch so their girls could attend school.