Evidence suggests that the Milner Valley has been in use for at least 4,000 years. It was originally inhabited by the Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations, both subsets of the Stó:lo. The area was originally heavily forested, and eventually land was cleared by logging with European settlement in the early to mid 19th century.
It was then farmed by the Hudsons Bay Company in the early 1830's, in coordination with the HBC Trading Post in Fort Langley, built in 1827. The location between Fort Langley and Langley Prairie (present day Langley City), provided 2,000 acres of arable farmland. Harvested products from the land included wheat, as well as butter from the first recorded dairy farm in British Columbia.
It continued to evolve as an important agricultural area as the community of Milner took shape, sustained by connections to Langleys early road networks and the railway. The community consisted of a general store, rail station, bank, blacksmith shop, community hall and church, which still stands today as the Milner Chapel.
Since 1885, the Smith family has farmed on what was a portion of the original Hudsons Bay Company farm. John Smith purchased a quarter section in the 1880's and the family has continued to farm ever since. Over the years, the farm has raised chickens and dairy cows, and has produced potatoes, nuts, pears, and most recently; cheese.
We are proud to be conserving the family farm and preserving the 1910 farmhouse, which is designated as a historic site by the Township of Langley, and is privately maintained by the Smith family.