On July 9th I was the honored guest at the Mackie house’s weekly “Tea with Grace”. Mackie Lake House is part of the Coldstream Ranch which was subdivided in the early 1900’s and planted with apple and pear trees. Ronald Buchanan, a businessman from Montreal commissioned architect Robert Findlay to build the House in 1910 and subsequently sold it to Gordon Shakespeare Layton and his family in 1925. Hugh and Grace Mackie, along with the Reverend Augustine Mackie had established the Vernon Preparatory School for boys in Coldstream in 1913.
It was a boarding school entrenched in British custom and culture greatly appreciated by the English pioneers who came to the area. The Mackie Family became friends of the Laytons, visiting the House often, and in 1945, they purchased the House. The Mackie house is a house filed with history. At the tea with Grace (named after Grace Mackie) I had the honor of meeting an elderly lady who knew the Mackie’s when she was a child and she used to play with the Mackie child. It was so cool to hear her story. She is no longer from the Okanagan, she now lives in Calgary, it was nice to know that people travel that far to come to the historical, and beautiful Okanagan. Also attending the tea was a past Miss Canada International, who also competed in Miss Teen Canada, it was amazing to hear about the history of pageantry through her experiences. I also saw a group of my teachers from school whom I learned are regulars at the “Tea with Grace”.
After the tea, I was granted the private tour of the Mackie house. This house is filled with so much history, and at least one known ghost!! On the tour there was a little girl who would sneak a peak at me every few minutes, eventually I went up and talked to her. The second I said hello to her and asked what her name was her face lit up with a huge smile. It was so cute. I was even able to get her to stop looking at the crown for 5 seconds to snap a quick photo with her. I want to thank the Mackie house staff for having me at such a great event.👑