Tindastoll, which is now known as Markerville, was settled in 1888 by about 50 Icelanders. In 1899, the Tindastoll Butter & Cheese Association opened its doors, and provided a necessary means of support for local farmers. In 1901, the small factory became inadequate and with the guidance of the Dairy Commisioner, Dr. C.P. Marker, a new and larger creamery was built. In honour of his involvement, the town changed its name to Markerville. It opened its doors in 1902, under the direction of Daniel Morkeberg. Daniel ran the creamery until his son, Carl Morkeberg, took the reins until its closure in 1972. The creamery brought prosperity to the small town of 100 residents, and as the creamery was at its peak, the business sector of Markerville grew. When the Creamery closed down, so did many of the businesses.
In 1974, a small group of Markerville men gathered together to form the Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society. Their intention was to take back what time had taken. In 1976, this newly formed society began the restoration of one of the landmarks in the Markerville area, Stephan G. Stephansson's homestead. The restoration took several years and upon completion was established as a Provincial museum with visitors from all over the world.
They turned their attention to the creamery that was 'well worn' from the years of neglect . In 1986, the creamery reopened its doors, restored to its 1932 appearance and now a valued museum and coffee shop.
They didn't stop there, though. The Fensala Hall, built in 1903 by the community and the local Ladies Aid (aka Vonin), was restored in 2006 with a modern addition boasting a commercial kitchen for special events.
Next, the Markerville Lutheran Church! Built in 1907, restored in 2009, is the backdrop to weddings, special events and the annual Christmas Eve service.
Today, there are 42 residents in Markerville and once again, the Markerville Creamery is the hub of the hamlet. Its residents enjoy the quiet, country lifestyle with adventures around every corner, kayaking the Medicine River, taking a stroll through the hamlet enjoying the gardens and wildlife or sitting with family and friends in the creamery courtyard is commonplace in Markerville.
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I was impressed with the genuine hospitality and proud cultural heritage (not to mention the great tasting ice-cream)....Farm Fresh TV