The Salt Spring Museum
One of the ‘dowry houses’ that had been built in the 1884 by Estalon Bittancourt for his daughters, on his property at Vesuvius Bay, was moved to the Farmers’ Institute property on Rainbow Road in Ganges on Salt Spring Island. The Salt Spring Island Farmers' Institute created a museum in this small, four roomed building, which has since been expanded to seven rooms.
HOURS OF OPERATION
April 1- June 26
Wednesday to Friday
July 1 - August 30
Wednesday to Sunday
September 2 - October 9
Wednesday to Friday
The Salt Spring Island Museum is operated by the Salt Spring Farmers' Heritage Foundation on land owned and managed by the Salt Spring Island Farmers' Institute.
Salt Spring Farmers' Heritage Foundation:
The Salt Spring Farmers' Heritage Foundation was established in 2003 as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act and is a society in good standing in BC. The Board of Directors of the Salt Spring Farmers’ Heritage Foundation is made up of members and directors of the Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute (established 1895).
The Heritage Foundation receives support and funding from many sources (including the Salt Spring Foundation, the Provincial/Federal Governments, the CRD, the Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute, countless private donations) for numerous education, exhibits and construction/renovation projects at the Salt Spring Island Museum.
The Purposes of the Salt Spring Farmers’ Heritage Foundation as stated in its’ Constitution are: (a) to improve and benefit community life in rural areas by providing, maintaining, and operating the Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Institute Museum as an educational facility for community use; and, (b) to facilitate access to education by providing scholarships, bursaries, and structured training and demonstrations.
Annually, the Salt Spring Farmers' Heritage Foundation organizes school tours of the Salt Spring Island Museum complex which includes antique farm equipment, a restored Saw Mill, a Heritage Gallery and a Blacksmith shop. The Heritage Foundation also hosts annually, in July, Heritage Day, a community celebration of our island farming traditions. Tn 2016, the Heritage Foundation published author M. B. Stratton's, Farms, Farmers, Farming, the First 80 Years of Agriculture on Salt Salt Spring Island as a fitting tribute to the 120thAnniversary and legacy of the Salt Spring Island Farmers' Institute.
Salt Spring Island Farmers' Institute:
Our parent organization the Salt Spring Island Farmers' Institute is an island institution. It has, through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, proudly built and served this community through twelve decades. Since 1895, the Farmers’ Institute has been representing the interests of farmers and agriculture, hosting our seminal community event, the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair, and building this community (schools and community halls). A tradition that the directors of the Salt Spring Farmers' Heritage Foundation are proud to uphold.