Two of the most beautiful communities in the lower mainland, rich in history and agriculture...
Welcome to Bradner & Mt. Lehman!
Located high above the mighty Fraser River, both of these communities boast many riches in both the agriculture & country lifestyle. Many people spend their Sunday afternoons driving, biking, or walking through these communities to take in the tremendous views, the fresh crisp country air, and even to pull over to talk with the friendly neighbours. Although only minutes from the Trans Canada freeway access and the major shopping centres of Abbotsford and Langley, Bradner & Mt. Lehman take us back to a simpler, quieter time of reflection.
I not only boast these communities for the many riches that are hidden in plain sight, I also live here! I would love to show you around and help you purchase or sell in this special part of the world... so please call Brown anytime. I would love to hear from you!
Some Mt. Lehman History...
Established way back in 1864, and incorporated into the Abbotsford city in 1995, this beautiful small rural community gets its "Mount Lehman" title from being situated on an area of higher land that offers incredible views of Mt. Baker and mountains alike. The Lehman name originates from two cousins who were early settlers in 1875 (Samuel & Isaac Lehman).
The Mt. Lehman area, which was at one time heavily treed with massive cedar and fir trees, was first settled by Ablen Hawkins who arrived in 1864 to survey this area between the Glen Valley and the Matsqui Flats. The Lehman cousins soon followed in 1875 to set out their fortunes.
A wharf built on the Fraser River at the foot of the bluff was soon built and became known as Lehman's Landing. The landing became an important riverboat stop east of Fort Langley. At the time it was the only entry point into the Matsqui area and was served by paddle-wheel steam boats that traveled up and down the Fraser River between Yale and New Westminster. Lehman and other settlers took on the huge task of logging the area, clearing the dense coastal underbrush, and building a network of trails. One of those trails, leading from the wharf to the farming settlement, was called Landing Road. Landing Road was open for vehicular traffic until 1950 and, while some of the road remains, the last few hundred meters of the route to the river landing is now just a walking trail. Pilings in the river still remain to mark where the wharf once stood.
Mount Lehman was an attractive location for newcomers, as it was safe from the Fraser's summer floods and plagues of mosquitoes. Once cleared, the forest floor yielded rich farming and pasture lands. People came to settle and, by 1883, Thomson's General Store & Mt.Lehman Post Office operated at Lehman's Landing. The first one-room school was also built in 1884 near the current site of the school. It was replaced by a two-room building sometime between 1909 and 1912 and is the oldest continuously operating school in the Abbotsford School District. The Mount Lehman United Church was established in 1894, and the community hall was built in 1904. The school, hall, and church have all operated continuously since they were created.
Until 1910, logging still provided the livelihoods for most of the settlers to the area. Then in 1910 a nearby stop on the new B.C. Electric Railway changed how the community grew. The railway linked Chilliwack to Vancouver through Mt. Lehman. Eventually, the store was moved from the landing to the school, and then to the site of the railway crossing, along with the post office. Soon a hardware store and service station were added at this same location. Around this time, many Mt. Lehman pioneers began to raise vegetables and dairy products. With the arrival of the rail, valley communities became less dependent on the Fraser's paddle-wheelers to take their milk and produce to market in New Westminster. From 1910-1952 the BC Electric Railway provided passenger trains and freight service twice daily and an extra market train came through on Fridays. They also had a milk train every morning to carry dairy products.
By the 1930s, Mt.Lehman was thriving and consisted of a hardware store, a feed co-operative, a bank, two general stores, a post office, a shoe maker shop, a butcher shop, a library, and, of course, the train station! (Source - Wikipedia)
Some Bradner History...
Located just west of Mount Lehman and bordering the Township of Langley, the community of Bradner was amalgamated into the City of Abbotsford in 1995 after having formerly been a part of the District of Matsqui.
A Bradner Post Office was designated in 1939 and Bradner was a station on the British Columbia Electric Railway interurban line from New Westminster to Chilliwack. Nearly total agricultrual in nature, Bradner proudly displays its annual show of blooms, as the crops in the area are largely floral, particularly daffodils, a legacy of the many farmers of Dutch extraction who helped found this area's beautiful agricultural industry. The village was originally established in 1910, but there were only a few farms, with no real town. In 1910, the B.C. Railway built a rail road through Thomas Bradner's backyard. The rail company decided to stop the line here, and name it after Mr. Bradner, the man who had discovered the town.
In 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Fenwick Fatkin settled in the area, after moving from Vancouver. Mr. Fatkin liked the area, because of its rich soil and perfect daffodil growing climate. In 1928, Fatkin wanted other local growers to showcase their daffodils, and this was the humble beginnings of the famous Bradner Flower Show. In the beginning, only ten types of daffodils were displayed. Today, there are over four hundred.
Another notable celebration in the Bradner community is the annual May Day parade. (Source - Wikipedia)