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Blacksmith Shop Museum, Lacombe

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The Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum is a museum dedicated to blacksmithing in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. It was built in 1902, and is the oldest operating blacksmith shop in Alberta. The building still stands on its original site and much of the machinery is operational, and original.
1902 – 1942The Blacksmith Shop had four different owners during its first four decades of operation. During this time, there were also several other blacksmith shops in the Lacombe area. There was quite the competition for this trade during the first half of the 20th century. Early pioneers of the area depended on tools which were fabricated by blacksmiths or ‘smittys’. Blacksmiths spent several years as an apprentice learning the skills of manipulating iron into useful equipment. Even though this was not the first Blacksmith Shop in Lacombe, it was the only one to operate through the early years of the community. In 1942, a local family purchased the shop and owned it for nearly 50 years.
1991 – 2011In 1991, the Blacksmith Shop was purchased by the Lacombe & District Historical Society and restored as a museum. For the last 20 years, demonstrations have been held on special occasions, and for special functions. Nearly every citizen of Lacombe has seen a demonstration on one of these unique days. In 2011, the Blacksmith Shop Museum was designated by the Government of Alberta as a provincial historic resource.
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  • This is a must-see! Alberta's oldest Blacksmith Shop is in amazing shape - last year the Historical Society that owns the building was able to restore the windows and doors to original appearance...  more »
  • This is a preserved original Blacksmith shop where metal work was done in the past (like 1900 to 1940 or so). The blacksmith shoes-ed horses, made metal hitches and generally anything you needed...  more »
  • I enjoyed our visit to this historic sight. The volunteers were very knowledgable and enthusiastic...unfortunately the space was very smoky, which I am allergic to. Needs some better ventilation...  more »
  • So neat to see how things really worked in the blacksmith shops. The crew there do a great job showing everyone how it's done
  • Very friendly people. Henrietta and Zack were super knowledgeable and experienced.
  • Went here for a guided tour and presentation for a school fieldtrip. Very professional and informative. Lots of history in this little building.

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