Former Peachland Baptist Church - Peachland, BC
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N 49° 46.316 W 119° 44.295
11U E 302843 N 5516871
Quick Description: Possibly unique in the province, this old wooden church continues to serve the community of Peachland, though now as a museum.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 12/14/2015 2:48:02 PM
Waymark Code: WMQ3YC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
Built in 1910 by volunteers from the Baptist congregation, the church served as the house of worship for the Baptists of Peachland until 1964. After being vacated by the Baptists, the building continued in use by the community as temporary Municipal Hall, Parks and Recreation Office, Fire Brigade Hall and Public Library before becoming the home of the Peachland Museum and the Peachland Historical Society in 1980.

Uniquely octagonal in its design, the former church was built with eight gable ended sections which meet in the centre, surmounted by a centre double gable ended roof section. The design is both quite different and quite difficult to describe.

The building was designated a British Columbia Heritage site in 1981


The Peachland Museum

Home of the Peachland Historical Society

The unique 8-sided Peachland Baptist Church was constructed, mainly by volunteers, in 1910 and served as a place of worship until 1964. Over the years it has functioned as a temporary Municipal Hall, Parks and Recreation Office, Fire Brigade Hall and Public Library.

The picture on the left shows it under construction. Note the peach tree growing in the foreground. Since 1980 the building has housed the Peachland Museum and since 1981, the church building was declared an official British Columbia Heritage site.

Hundreds of historical artifacts, photographs, newspapers and documents are on display. Together, they offer a glimpse into the rich history of Peachland and its people.

The personal histories of pioneer Peachland families are documented in three volumes: Peachland Memories 1 & 2 and the 2009 Centennial Picture Book. The books are available for purchase at the Museum.

The upper floor of the Museum houses a scale model of the Kettle Valley Railway, as it existed between 1955 and 1965, built and maintained by the Central Okanagan Railway Company.
From Peachland History


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Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1910

Age of Church building determined by?: Historical Society

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: From: 10:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

Street address of Church:
5890 Beach Avenue
Peachland, BC Canada
V0H 1X7


Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Not listed

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Not listed

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: Not Listed

Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed

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