As a Millennium project, the Homestead Antique Museum, on North Dinosaur Trail, restored the Murray House. This house was purchased by Peter and Josie Murray in 1919. Like a large number of homesteaders, they went to the most trusted of suppliers, the Eaton’s catalogue, to make their choice of dwelling.
Eaton offered a large selection of prefabricated houses and the Murrays proudly chose the Eatoncourt model. They paid an astronomical $1,800.00 for it.
After the unfortunate passing of Peter and Josie, the Murray family donated the house to the Homestead Antique Museum. It was restored and placed on a foundation at its present site. This was 10 years ago already and the ravages of the weather can be seen on the exterior paint of the house.
This is not just a house or fine sample of an Eaton catalogue house. It is an artifact, accessioned and catalogued in the Homestead Antique Museum’s collection. As the museum is responsible for the care and maintenance of its collection which includes the maintenance of the Murray House, and its appearance, The Homestead Museum is now preparing to repaint the house.
The Homestead Antique Museum is applying for grants and donations to complete the painting project, hopefully, before the end of fall 2010. Donations of money are tax deductible and would be greatly appreciated.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, through the World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund, has graciously provided $3,000.00 for the paint. A portion of the funds generated by the World’s Largest Dinosaur attraction and Giftshop are invested into the Legacy Fund. The funds are then used to enhance and enrich community economic development initiatives in the Drumheller region.
We would like to invite all Drumheller residents to come and visit the Museum. You can peruse the Eaton house catalogue. You will be surprised to see how many Eaton houses are still standing and inhabited right here in the centre of town.