The Museum's Displays
Our first display offers a look at the few tools in the orchardist's collection: picker's gear, pruning & spraying and the early irrigation system. A wine barrel suggests the transition to the popularity of vineyards in the past 40 years.
In an era when the settler had to be self-reliant, the Bud Gawne display offers a look at the equipment that a local blacksmith would have to help the orchardist run the farm. Tools for working iron, wood and leather are pre-eminent in this display and the sounds in the display evoke the ambience of the blacksmith shop.
In an epoch where kitchen work was labourious and fabrics did not come in a wrinkle-free option, this display provides the visitor with a look at the pioneer home-maker's work space.
Other parts of the museum are devoted to displaying artifacts that reflect life in Naramata. Emphasis has been placed on the local school, the church and the community's contribution to Canada's war efforts. Perhaps because Naramata is an agricultural community, spring is a special time and our May Day celebration has always been a big event. Look for examples throughout the museum of its main components: May Day Queen and Princesses; Soap Box cart racing and dancing around the Maypole.