Hallmark Heritage Society takes over Craigflower Schoolhouse

New operating agreement with province will see society use the building for community heritage education

  • Nov. 21, 2014 7:00 a.m.

The Hallmark Heritage Society is the new operator of the Craigflower Schoolhouse, effective March 1.

The society intends to use the building for community heritage education and outreach consistent with its original use as a school for the area surrounding Craigflower Farm.

A provincial government press release stated the society’s proposal is consistent with the conservation plan for the site developed with the District of Saanich and neighbouring communities.

The Hallmark Heritage Society is the oldest heritage preservation society in the Capital Regional District.

“Craigflower schoolhouse is protected for its heritage value by three levels of government. By making this historic building its headquarters, Hallmark intends to show how responsible property stewardship and community use can work hand-in-hand to illustrate the role of heritage in a sustainable community,” said Hallmark Heritage Society president Ken Johnson.

Craigflower Schoolhouse was constructed by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1854 to support efforts to colonize Vancouver Island through farming. It is considered the oldest surviving public building in B.C.