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Gold Country - Walhachin Memorial Hall Museum

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Hidden : 6/22/2012
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Part of the ongoing Gold Country GeoTourism Program. All the fun of geocaching with an added tourism twist; discover tales of our pioneers, unearth geological wonders or reveal magnificent sites of beauty. If you enjoyed this adventure look for more in this series. Collect a sticker from 24 caches and redeem for a prize. Check goldtrail.com for more details.

Walhachin Museum



 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the Walhachin (WALL-ha-sheen) Soldiers Memorial Hall. Its construction, in 1912, added to this thriving community’s list of already many services. The new hall facility served not only as a fruit packing house at one time, but proved vital to the social health of the town as well. The spruce plank floating dance floor set on springs for extra bounce was the delight of the well-heeled community’s mainly British upper class citizens setting down their roots as prospective business men and gentlemen farmers. The hall’s neighbor, the Walhachin Hotel, was no longer suitable to hold the large gatherings for which Walhachin was gaining a reputation.
 
The population at that time was about 300 people. The community hosted gala balls where top hat and tails, ball gowns and gloves would be considered appropriate attire. The full width stage held the orchestra usually headed by Fanny Faucault, a Victoria B.C. born and raised local, trained as a classical pianist. It was under Fanny’s guidance that a group of Walhachin citizens went to Vancouver B.C. and purchased, at auction, a Weber concert sized grand piano once owned by Iganz Jan Paderewski. This world renowned Polish pianist had finished his North American tour in Vancouver and was returning to Poland to become their Prime Minister. His piano remained in Walhachin’s hall for almost 50 years when, in 1961, the community donated it to the University of British Columbia‘s School of Music.
 
The 1960’s brought about some drastic changes to the Hall. The full width stage was cut in half and the actors’ dressing rooms were turned into men’s and ladies washrooms (until then, there had only been an out-house to service the patrons). Further renovations included removing the springs from the dance floor and completion of the upper walls and ceiling.

Over the years folks from the small outlying communities such as Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Savona and Clinton still reminisce about the boisterous dances, dinner theaters, and plays held at the community hall in Walhachin.
 
Sadly, Walhachin’s heyday amounted to a mere five or six short years from 1908 to 1914. The start of World War 1 was its death knell. Out of 117 men living in Walhachin 97 of them enlisted. Walhachin had the highest enlistment rate per capita of any other city in Canada.  Many men simply locked up their houses, leaving behind all their possessions, and returned to England with their wives. They fully intended to return and pick up where they left off. One of the many to leave was a young officer named Gordon Muriel Flowerdew, Walhachin’s butcher. As a bachelor of 29 years of age, he received one of only six Victoria Crosses given to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse. He perished of his wounds after the battle of Mereuil Wood in France and received his medal posthumously. Thus the name of The Walhachin Soldiers Memorial Hall was conceived in honor and remembrance.
 
There are fourteen original buildings left in Walhachin, twelve of these are homes. The  store and school house have been turned into private residences. The last of the remaining foundation fruit trees can be found on the north side of the Thompson River where they co-exist with rattlesnakes, sagebrush and Prickley Pear cactus. 

Walhachin is a ghost of its former self and its unusual story of hopes unfulfilled, attest to a community spirit rich in dreams.



Detailed access information:
Nearest Community: Walhachin, B.C.
Altitude: 385m/1263ft
Accuracy: 1 meter
Access Information and restrictions:
From Cache Creek to the Walhachin turn off it is 22.5km. From Trans Canada Hwy 1 turn onto Walhachin Road. Follow the signs to the museum for 5km until you reach the fork at Thompson Crescent. Go left and follow Walhachin Road downhill to the flat area for 0.7km.

Parking: Park at pull off at the bottom of Walhachin Road at the base of the hill at the flat area.

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