You can visit the Enderby & District Museum & Archives at 901 George Street (beneath Enderby City Hall). Our hours are 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and our curator and volunteers would love to give you a tour of the museum or assist you with your research.
Museum memberships cost $10 a year ($15 for families), and you will receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter in your mailbox (or inbox).
In the year 1887, the name, Enderby, was suggested for this town by the late Mrs. Frances Lawes. Up to that time the place had been known under various appellations. The Indians called it Spallumcheen, the townsite surveyed and plotted by the Government was called Belvidere, but the majority of the people in the valley usually referred to it as Lambly's Landing, or, the Steamboat Landing. The little group of hopeful, interested people then residing here, had often discussed the question of a suitable name for the settlement.
One afternoon in the early summer of 1887, when the Spallumcheen River was in flood and was overflowing its banks and the lower part of the town was inundated, Mrs. Lawes was entertaining some of her friends at an afternoon tea, and as the ladies sat on the verandah enjoying the scene, the bright green of the trees and bushes and the great expanse of the water shining in the declining sun, one of them, Mrs. Oliver, prompted, no doubt, by the sight of the flood, recited Jean Ingelow's poem, "High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire". When she had finished, Mrs. Lawes exclaimed: "Why not call our town Enderby?" The suggestion seemed to strike those present, and everyone else to whose attention it was brought, with such a sense of finality, that no other name from that time on was ever considered. Its adoption was recommended to the authorities at Ottawa, and when the post office was opened on the 1st November, 1887, the name was Enderby.
This account of the selection of the name, Enderby, was given to the writer by Mrs. Oliver in 1889, and, when giving it, she recited with great facility the part of the poem mentioned. Her manner in telling of the incident was so obviously sincere that the writer has no doubt of the authenticity of the story.
Mrs. Lawes afterwards wrote to Jean Ingelow, telling her of the selection of the name, and several letters passed between the two ladies, but contrary to what is sometimes said, Jean Ingelow never visited Enderby.
The purpose of the Enderby & District Museum Society is to collect, store, preserve, interpret and display artifacts and archival material pertaining to the history of Enderby & District.
Enderby & District Museum & Archives Box 367 - 901 George Street Enderby, BC V0E 1V0