Ray and Anna Stanton

Ray and Anna Stanton
 

    Antiques have been a life long hobby of ours.  We grew up with horses both light and draft horses.  My dad rode in the cross country races that they had around Calgary and worked with draft horses in the field on our farm near Calgary.  Rays Dad worked with draft horses for field work and had light horses also for pleasure.  Ray and I both rode horse back to a one room school.  Rays Grandfather freighted from FortBenton to FortCalgary in 1874 with supplies to help in opening up the west.  After we were married in 1964 we purchased a Doctor's Buggy from Gordon Ford in Didsbury and a Side Saddle from Snowden Daines in Innisfail, restored both, and from then on we never stopped enjoying our hobby with Ray driving the Belgians and the light horses and myself riding the sidesaddle, driving miniature horses and singing at many events we have had a great deal of fun. 

   Our hobby kept growing and really got out of hand, that’s when we decided to build “DoubleTreeVillage” in 1997. We started with a school and from there it progressed to the village, each building filled with the appropriated antiques.  With help from our family and friends we have 25 buildings including a stopping house, dress up shop, teacherage, school, church, general store, bank-post office-library-switch board operator, dentist-barbershop- laundry, hotel, ladies guild, wagon sheds holding a covered wagon a visa v for weddings- cutters and buggies, blacksmith, Thompson house, North West Mounted Police, cook car, bunk house, a print shop, hardware, summer kitchen and a teepee.   We opened up our Village about 20 years ago to the public and are enjoying family gatherings, school classes, senior lodges, weddings in our country church, Christmas parties, great area for photographers and many other functions in the nostalgia of our little village. The wagon rides and sleigh rides and picnic area go hand in hand with the atmosphere of our village. In June we have our annual “Pioneer Day and Draft Horse Field Day”  June 2 and 3, 2018 with many activities in the village and out in the field with the draft horses. As a result of our work we have won a County Beautification Award and a Heritage Award which we are very proud of.