The view across Milner Valley from 216 Street. In the 1830s, much of the land in Milner was part of the Hudson’s Bay Company Farm. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Township commemorates historic Hudson’s Bay Company Farm

New signage will mark boundary of 1830s farm

Many of the farms that line Glover Road in Milner were once part of a vast agricultural operation that spanned nearly 2,000 acres.

The Hudson’s Bay Company Farm, an outfit that was vital to the fur and salmon trading operations at Fort Langley, will be commemorated by the Township of Langley through new interpretive signs.

Established in the 1830s between the Salmon and Nicomekl Rivers, the farm was part of a Hudson’s Bay Company initiative to become self-sufficient at the Fort along the Fraser River, according to the Township of Langley’s Historic Context Statement. Harvested products ranging from wheat to butter were used for the company’s own needs, with some shipped off to other markets as far away as Hawaii.

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The Township’s Heritage Advisory Committee has been working on the project for the last two years, and has recommended road signs be installed at seven key entry points into the farm’s historic boundaries in Milner. These include along Mufford Crescent, 216 Street, 64 Avenue, 72 Avenue and Glover Road.

Two of these signs will need approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure before being installed.

The estimated cost for the project is $3,850, with funding coming from an existing budget for the Heritage Strategy Implementation.

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Proposed signage to be installed in commemoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company Farm.

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