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Travel BC: Valley Of 1,000 Faces – The Lost Art Of Hetty Fredrickson
UPDATED 14/07/12 – MORE COMMENTS RECEIVED – By Cee Archer. As I was looking for an interesting story to put up on Langley Today, I came across one of my passions, a haunted house story. [Click On Image For Full Story] This story was one that was covered way back in 1966 by the Chilliwack Progress and is now up on the BC Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society site.
The story interested me so I did a little further digging, and found more information on Hetty Fredrickson. She was a very talented artist and had a most amazing life. Her story can be found here as told by her son Jack Walraven. The story is not finished yet, I can’t wait for the promise of an update to follow.Hetty Fredrickson was a very talented artist and as her son remembers, turned everything into art or a craft of some sort.
.I was disappointed to read that the Fredrickson farmhouse burned to the ground, after being rented out and sold. But this does not end the story of Hetty, not at all.
Hetty and her husband moved to the northern half of Vancouver Island, where the logging industry was booming. They rented a house in Sayward, which is about 64 KM north of Campbell River along Highway 19.And that is where the Valley of a Thousand Faces was created by Hetty. That story itself is fascinating, 4 acres of park like forest bordering the highway and the White River, fenced and winding through the forest, the Village of a Thousand Faces must have been spectacular!
As I could not find any reference of the Village of a Thousand Faces, other than the memoir by her son Jack, I decided to call my friends who used to live in Port Hardy. They remembered it very well and had taken their kids through the forest when they were small. They told me it was an amazing place.Still, there were no other references on the web that I could find, so I called the town of Sayward and spoke to the clerk there.
She informed me that it had been closed for about 10 years as the artist had passed away.
Worried that this part of Hetty Fredrickson had been destroyed as well, I asked if there were any paintings to be found of hers or if there was a gallery somewhere that showcased her “Faces.”
I was advised to call the Cypress Tree Inn and talk to them which I promptly did.
The Cypress Tree Inn has a few hundred of the paintings and they are creating a special gallery to showcase them.So while the Valley of a Thousand Faces is no longer in the forest, soon several pieces can be admired at the gallery a the Cypress Tree Inn, part of Hetty’s magic has come home to stay!
Originally published 30/08/10.