Milner Blacksmith: George Robert Moir and his wife Christian sailed from Glasgow to Quebec in 1908. Their final destination: tiny Milner, British Columbia. George was skilled as a master blacksmith and soon set up shop near the family house that was built in 1909. The blacksmith shop was central to the emerging agricultural village of Milner, situated on the main road linking Fort Langley with Murrayville and Langley Prairie. The old board and batten shop is gone, but the house remains as an important connection to early settlement at Milner, and is typical of houses built in that era. After George died in 1933 many of his tools were donated to the Langley Centennial Museum and his brother Frank worked as a blacksmith in the shop until the late 1970s. The house was sold to the Mercer family in the 1940s and has had numerous owners. The Township of Langley Langley owns the property and house and asked Langley Heritage Society to take on the project to restore the house’s exterior, upgrade the interior for tenants and to create a permanent space for the C.A.R.E.S. cat shelter which is now located in an outbuilding on the property (see photo below). Messages like this make it all worthwhile: “My sister and I were through Langley this past Sunday and looked up our Grandfather George Moir‘s house after I saw it on your website. It was great seeing the home of our grandparents and our dad Lyall. This was the highlight of our trip and we were delighted to find it. Thanks for the interest in preserving this bit of history”.  Janice in  Saskatchewan