High Line Heritage Resources
The High Line Heritage House Museum warmly welcomes you to beautiful, historic Havre and Hill County, Montana! We invite you to take a step back in time and experience the grace of Victorian and Edwardian life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries on the Montana frontier. Havre’s reputation as a tough, lawless town is well known. What is not as well-known are the ladies and gentlemen who, despite Havre’s wild and woolly ways, worked to civilize the community and many of their accomplishments survive today. The John F. Mathews family was one such family who worked hard and helped build the largest city on Montana’s Hi-Line. Our tour focuses on the Mathews family, their servants and boarders, as well as their professional and social connections, both respectable and nefarious. You will learn about their triumphs and tragedies in their historic circa 1898 Queen Anne home, as well as the current owner’s passions and dreams of restoring this “work in progress” museum to its former glory and preserve it for future generations.
The neighboring historic Boone/Dalrymple home is also included on our tour. You will visit the public rooms of this elegant, circa 1895 privately owned home and discover the exciting history of the Boone and Dalrymple families and how they worked to help Havre grow, prosper and progress.
We also offer Historic Havre Strolls and History Among the Headstones tours, as well as two popular local history books, photographs and research services.
We invite you to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May, Living History in June and Christmas At The Cottage in December.
We have the highest possible standards, and we achieve those high standards with every tour we conduct, every tea party and dining experience we offer, every research project we contract, and every book we publish. We are proud to be the high standard bearer of area history and proud of the work we accomplish. You will not find better tours about Havre and Hill County’s history anywhere!
High Line Heritage Resources is a proud member of the Friends of the Conrad Mansion, Museums Association of Montana, Montana Historical Society, Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society, Hands of Harvest, National Women’s History Museum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Havre Main Street Committee, Havre Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Committee.
We Also Offer
Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month 2017 throughout the month of May with us! On Sunday, May 21, we will host the annual North Side and East End History Gathering Session on our beloved front porch of The Cottage from 2-4 p.m. Season Opening for the High Line Heritage House Museum will be Memorial Day weekend starting Saturday, May 27. The preservation of our history is at the heart of what we do, so come celebrate our shared heritage with us.
We are proud to be a part of Living History Day! This year’s event is on June 3, 2017 and we will feature Mrs. Mary Daniel, one of the Mathews family servants. Homes of the well-to-do in Havre hired servants to carry out various daily tasks, and we will follow Mrs. Daniel on a work day in 1910 and highlight an important but overlooked contribution to Havre’s history. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 5 are free with accompanying adult.
Our popular tea parties carry on Mrs. Boone’s tradition of gracious hospitality in an elegant and intimate setting. Please check our website for future planned events, or if you wish to host your own small gathering, please call us and we can discuss the possibilities!
Christmas at the Cottage
The Cottage is one of only a precious handful of homes in Havre that has experienced Christmas during three centuries: the nineteenth, twentieth and now the twenty-first. It is the only historic home open to the public in Havre to share the Christmas season with you. The Cottage is painstakingly decorated with antique and contemporary decorations, and theme trees can be found throughout this beautiful home. Christmas At The Cottage takes place the second weekend in December. Relax and enjoy the season in elegant holiday splendor December 9 and 10, 2017 at The Cottage!
We offer a specialty tour every Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in October featuring the Victorian Homes Historic Havre Stroll and The Cottage Tour, combined with either a traditional English Cream Tea (scone, appropriate condiments and tea) or Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres. Both beverage and foods are carefully chosen to reflect the season. Cost for these tours are $20.00 per person, and guests must be 21 years or older to participate in the Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres feature. Reservations are required no later than 4:00 p.m. the Saturday before each tour. Those with special dietary needs must notify us at the time reservations are made.
About Our Curator
Miss Emily Ann Mayer is a member of one of Hill County’s oldest families. Her love for Havre and Hill County history started during her childhood, fostered by her family and friends who were aware of Miss Emily’s love for her hometown’s history and passion for its historic buildings. She attended Havre Public Schools and is a Havre High School graduate. She earned her Associate of Science in Business Administration Degree from Montana State University-Northern, and later that year earned the Outstanding Young Montanan Award from the Montana JayCees, due in no small part to her efforts in preserving local history. She has earned a certificate from the Asheford Institute of Antiques (2008), is an official certified Tea and Etiquette Consultant through the Dorothea Johnson Tea and Etiquette Masterclass (2009) and has successfully earned a ServSafe Certificate for Managers (2015).
Miss Emily’s resume of local history and historic preservation accomplishments is impressive. She guided tours of Havre Beneath the Streets and Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump and managed the Clack Museum for several years; served on the Clack Museum Foundation during the historic old Havre post office Heritage Center project; served on the Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association board and guided tours of that historic site for many years, as well as participating in the Old Forts Trail Association; dependably served Hill County on the Russell Country Tourism Board of Directors (now Central Montana Tourism) for seven years; and was instrumental in creating the Havre Historic Preservation Commission, generously volunteering her time as Historic Preservation Officer and successfully included Hill County in the Commission before resigning her position after five years of dedicated service. Miss Emily subsequently took her love of local history and historic preservation and founded High Line Heritage Resources so she could focus on her tours, write local history books and accomplish other goals she set for her business, and Havre and Hill County have benefitted tremendously due to her tireless efforts. Miss Emily loves working on preserving local history, especially her two historic homes, and has dedicated her life to what she loves doing for the community.
“Those who do not preserve the past, cannot teach the future. A picture is a poor substitute for the real building or site. Once history is gone, it is gone for good, and we need to save what little we have left, so the future may learn from the past. I believe it is very important, and I have made it my life’s work to preserve Hill County, Montana’s history where and when I can!”
Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision: We will continue to serve as the leading and trusted source of and for the preservation of Hill County Montana’s history and be an active participant in tourism and cultural activities.
Our Mission: We are leaders in local history and historic preservation and provide the best tours, research, publications, and cultural/commemorative events in Hill County, Montana, for the preservation, restoration and operation of the High Line Heritage House Museum.
ABC Fox Montana, Reporter Taylor Chase
High Line Heritage Resources was founded by Miss Emily Ann Mayer. She started by offering three different guided tours of the Havre Residential Historic District, modeled after her successful 2001 self-guided walking tour map of the same area. The following year, she added Old Downtown Havre tours to her offerings, as well as a combination Old Townsite/Downtown tour. In 2010, History Among the Headstones tours of local cemeteries was included, furthering Miss Emily’s love and passion for all things historic in Hill County, Montana.
Miss Emily’s dream of 27 years was finally realized during Hill County’s Centennial year-a house museum for her beloved hometown! The High Line Heritage House Museum opened its doors in the historic Boone/Dalrymple home, her circa 1895 Victorian era home affectionately referred to as The Cottage. With that, the revival of traditional tea parties was started in Havre, as well as Christmas At The Cottage in December.
The goal of High Line Heritage Resources has always been to raise money to restore the neighboring historic Mathews home, and while the home is still in extensive need of restoration, the decision was made to open this beautiful circa 1898 Queen Anne Victorian era home to the public. This historic gem is very much a “work in progress”. Visitors learn about the Mathews family, their servants and boarders, and what life was like during the Victorian and Edwardian eras in Havre’s early days. The neighboring historic Boone/Dalrymple home’s public rooms of the Entry, Parlor and Dining Room are also a part of the tour, giving visitors a high quality and entertaining tour of early Havre as well as sharing Miss Emily’s passion and dream of restoring both homes to their former glory for future generations to study and enjoy.