Where history lives.

 

The Keeley Building has always been central to life in Nanton. Now home to Sentimental Journey Antiques, the big brick building on the northbound highway continues to contribute to the vibrancy of a town whose motto is “Where history lives.”

Established in 2000 by proprietor Terry Dixon, Sentimental Journey offers over 9000 square feet of showroom space over the building’s three floors, every square inch of it packed with high-quality antiques and collectibles with a decidedly prairie flavor.

The building itself, steeped in area history, is reason enough to stop by. Built in 1909 as a hardware store by Charles Marshall, the upper storey served Nanton as a meeting and social hall for local lodges and other groups. Purchased in1935 by William S. Keeley, who expanded the stores range of goods and converted the top floor into apartments, the newly-renamed Keeley Building soon found itself pressed into wartime service as a residence for officers assigned to the nearby aircrew training base.

Today the building’s main floor, with its beautiful original wooden ceiling recovered from beneath decades of plaster, showcases Sentimental Journey’s selection of furniture, fine china, books and other interesting items. Upstairs, the former officers’ apartments are stocked by six different dealers from across Canada, each suite with its own unique charm and flavor. Meanwhile, the basement offers a huge selection of old tools, bottles, trunks, rustic furniture and other assorted items.

Mosquito Creek Trading Post. Nanton's original handle.

Sister store to Sentimental Journey, just across the street to the west, the Mosquito Creek Trading Post has been operating since May of 2007. Named for the town’s original handle before it was changed to the much less itchy “Nanton”, the Trading Post offers vintage Western, Native and pioneer collectibles with a strong local flavor. Taxidermy and furs, house wares and furniture, saddles, tack and other treasures fill this engaging space.

Open year-round, seven days a week, Sentimental Journey Antiques and the Mosquito Creek Trading Post are must-visit shops in a history-rich town that’s become one of Alberta’s major antiques destinations.