Smeltzer House centennial anniversary commemorated with tree planting

November 4, 2020

Smeltzer House centennial anniversary commemorated with tree planting

In celebration of the Smeltzer House’s 100 anniversary, an Evans Cherry tree was planted on the property on October 23. Evans Cherry trees have been growing in the Edmonton region since the 1920s, and visitors to Smeltzer House will be able to enjoy its abundant fruit in the future.

Built for Maurice Smeltzer, one of the Salisbury district’s first homesteaders, this handsome foursquare has stood steadfast since 1920, even as surrounding rural farmland shifted to urban streets. Having served as the Smeltzer family home for more than a half century, Smeltzer House lives on as a visual reminder of Strathcona County’s pioneering past.

Smeltzer House is located at 1 Broadmoor Boulevard and is home to a variety of visual arts programs including pottery and glass fusing. Visitors to the site can stroll the botanic gardens, rest in the gazebo and view interpretive signs about the site and the Heritage Mile, which runs along Broadmoor Boulevard. Smeltzer House, Studio One and the spruce tree shelterbelt on site, have all been designated as Municipal Historic Resources.

More information, including a virtual tour of Smeltzer House, can be found at

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of hydrocarbon processing in Western Canada. Strathcona County is a leader in environmental conservation, and 55 per cent of its land is within the UNESCO Beaver Hills Biosphere. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595