Since the 1950s, the house has been occupied by the families of a druggist, a labourer, a livestock dealer, a salesman, and a geologist. On two separate occasions, it has been used as a Day Care Centre, and in 1984, an Antique Emporium. From 1989 until its relocation, the house was used as a photo studio, and then contained the law offices of Charles Dixon, along with those of two members of Parliament: Ken Hughes, and later, Grant Hill. Several visitors have since mentioned to us that they wrote their last wills and testaments on the third floor.

Since the move, public interest in the house has shifted slightly from its architecture to its content. In the beginning, the most common questions were whether the wood floors were original, and if we had seen any evidence of a ghost. Now, visitors tend to ask about our exhibits, whether they can access our image bank, or sift through our collection of old Okotoks newspapers.

More often than not, they just want to sit, talk, and reminisce about history and their personal connection to it. On occasion, a former house resident will drop by to gaze into the room where she/he once played and slept. Indeed, if walls of the Heritage House could listen, they would be very pleased.

Town of Okotoks Museum & Archives

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