The Wadey Centre provides visitor information services and is home to the Blackfalds & Area Historical Society.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and has public washrooms. It is bordered by the scenic Denise Nielsen Memorial Park, which offers picnic areas and spaces for photos and family friendly outdoor activities.
Visitors and residents are invited to stop in to attain information on regional tourism attractions, events, and amenities; view the displays on local history; enjoy a beverage or snack; sign out a game to play in the park, and peruse giftwares available by local businesses, artisans, and craftspeople.
Have a quick tour around this historic building HERE and pop in to visit with us soon!
The Blackfalds & Area Historical Society
The Blackfalds & Area Historical Society is a member of the Archives Society of Alberta. Incorporated in 2005, the Society is the curator of the Blackfalds Archives, which collects and preserves documents, records, photographs and other items representing the family, social, and organizational history of Blackfalds and its surrounding area. These records are available to the public and are a vital resource of Blackfalds’ rich cultural heritage.
The Society also hosts a rotating display of local historical artifacts at the Wadey Centre for the public to enjoy.
The Wadey Centre is a historic T. Eaton house built in 1916, by early area settler George Wadey. George and his wife Mary and their family lived in the home and were active and engaged Blackfalds community members for many years. In 2015, the Town received Canada 150 Community Infrastructure funding to assist with the preservation and restoration of the house.
The home was moved from its original location south of Iron Ridge Elementary to the southwest corner of All Star Park. It has been re-purposed and now provides the community with visitor information services and houses the Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce and the Blackfalds & Area Historical Society.
See the dramatic move here. Courtesy of Scott Builders