History: Old Hermitage Farm

Reprinted from the June 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Old Hermitage Farm
By W. Murphy

‘A housing shortage at Fort Edmonton in 1875, as serious as that experienced in mushrooming modern Edmonton, was the genesis of “Old Hermitage Farm.” Fort Edmonton of 1875 was a bustling, crowded trading post, one of the most important of the Hudson’s Bay Company settlements in the Territories. It was the trading centre of three nations of Indians, headquarters of hunters seeking buffalo, and the merchandising centre for fishermen from the many lakes in the territory.’

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