Red Deer County News

Posted on: November 3, 2017

Stephan G. Stephansson Society Acquires Butter Maker House


On August 31, 2017, the Stephan G. Stephansson Society acquired the Butter Maker House, a property of historical significance in Markerville. This purchase was made possible thanks to financial assistance from Red Deer County via the Municipal Reserve Fund. Application for Provincial and Municipal Historic designation and restoration planning has begun.

Judy Winn, the owner of the Butter Maker House, realized the historical significance of the house and gave the Society the opportunity to make the purchase in hopes that it would be restored for its historic value. It is expected that the addition of the Butter Maker House will further enhance school programs and tourism. The grounds around the property are beautiful and may also be utilized for events that occur in the hamlet.

As a period house, the property fits in well with the historic nature of Markerville. It is of similar age to the Creamery, the Lutheran Church, and Fensala Hall, which have all been restored. The Butter Maker House provides a significant tourist attraction for the Province of Alberta, Red Deer County, and the Hamlet.

Story provided by d’Arcy Gamble.

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