Friends of Rutherford House Society

11153 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton   T6G 2S1


Seeking to generate community involvement, creative ideas and additional revenues to further the restoration and operation of historic Rutherford House for the public.


In April of 1985, the Friends of Rutherford House Society was created as a charitable society intended to assist in the preservation of the house and to enhance educational, cultural and recreational activities for the visiting public. Continuing on the commitment to the community that Rutherford family and the Delta Upsilon Fraternity established at the House, the Society has always offered opportunities for involvement within the House.

Over the years, the Society has created many projects that benefit the House, employed hundreds of people and has worked to carry on the Rutherford tradition of gracious hospitality through a wide variety of services.


The Arbour Restaurant & Tea Room – Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Arbour Restaurant & Tea Room has established a tradition of high quality lunch and tea fare, including our famous High Tea service. Please call 780-422-2697 for reservations.

The Whatnot Gift Shop – Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Whatnot Gift Shop carries a variety of unique old-fashioned giftware including jewellery, tea and teaware, beauty products, books, stationary and toys.

Private Bookings services – Host your special event in the historic atmosphere of Rutherford House, whether it be a wedding ceremony and reception, birthday or anniversary party, Rutherford House offers an unforgettable, intimate experience.

Society & Membership events - The Society is pleased to provide special events for the community, such as our Tea & Tales series, special evening dinners and murder mystery evenings.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Centennial Book Project – The year 2011 marks the centenary of Rutherford House as a fixture in the Garneau community, the University of Alberta campus and the City of Edmonton. The Friends of Rutherford House Society’s Centennial book project will explore the significance of Rutherford House and its grounds to the community of Edmonton over the past 100 years in order to understand what role Rutherford House will play for future generations and ultimately ask how heritage serves a community.

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