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  • Veterans Memorial Park

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  • Highland Village

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  • Hampton Lighthouse

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  • West Point Lighthouse at the end of the boardwalk at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

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  • Ross Farm Museum

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  • Point Prim Lighthouse

    Point Prim Lighthouse

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  • Red River and Pleasant Bay

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  • Port Royal Habitation

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  • Sherbrooke Village Museum

    Sherbrooke Village Museum is a must see. Be sure to allow a full day. Original buildings and locations

  • Wood Islands Lighthous

    Step back in time in this wonderful well kept Lighthouse. The views from there are fantastic and you can watch the Ferry come and go.

  • Fundy Ecotour

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  • Joggins Entrance Sign

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Sherbrooke Village

Sherbrooke Village - Step Into 1867!

Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia

3d place for umberella in the rainI thought this picture was perfect to start the story about our visit to Sherbrooke Village. The day poured rain, and this leads to a story about a small kindness I’ll tell you about at the end.

As with many of the museums scattered around rural Nova Scotia, this village portrays the life of a village approximately as it would have been around 1867- Canada’s Confederation. Life is fairly settled with a lumber camp, sawmill and gold mining in the area to make some men rich while others worked the mine. They came together at the Sherbrooke Hotel, however, those with wealth enjoyed the rooms upstairs, the miners and lumberjacks slept in a room in the basement.

13c the many goods for saleGreenwood Cottage, the home of James and Sarah Cumminger; he owned part of the goldmine, the lumber mill and ran Cumminger General Store with his brother; the style of their home reflects their social position and means. The day we visited, Mrs. Cumminger was serving tea to modern day guests who came along while she explained her husband was away at sea, likely acquiring goods for the General Store.

Lots to see in the General Store so ask lots of questions and you will get a rich history of the time. One interesting fact about McDonald Tailor & Clothier, another store in the village; he made clothes for the men only while the women of the village made their own clothes from bolts of cloth on display in the General Store.

9c one of the numberous jail cellsI found the Jailers House very interesting; the jail cells were right in the family home with cells on both floors of the house. The jailer’s wife assured us she was safe and usually it was intoxication that brought the men to the jails and they were held overnight to attend the courthouse just down the street. Hence the Temperance House also in the village. Mrs. Cumminger had a guest from the village who was asking everyone to sign the Temperance Petition.

If you find your self visiting on a rainy day, the visitor center provides large umbrellas you can carry with you. Trying to juggle dogs and cameras we opted not to and got very wet which brings me to the small act of kindness. A healthy home cooked meal is sold at the Sherbrooke Hotel which is now a restaurant (we both had fisherman’s pie, like a cottage pie with fish instead) 3f servers dressed in costume of the daySeeing how wet we were the woman dried our coats in their dryer, very much appreciated. They also serve a Victoria Tea with the fancy cups. 

The buildings of the Village, they are proud to tell you in the visitor center are the original buildings, they were not moved from other areas. There is a lot to see including the pharmacy, the Ambrotype Photography Studio - you can get your photo taken in the original style, the only photographer in Nova Scotia to still use that old style. The weaver’s cottage, the telephone exchange, and the Pottery so plan to spend the day. 5g riding the Penny farthing bikeDon’t forget to ask Joe McLane the blacksmith to ride one of the penny-farthing bikes and ask him how much one cost back then-quite shocking. 






Sherbrooke Village Museum

  • Goat in Stall
    Goat in Stall

    Friendly little lady looking after her two babies.

  • Jail Cell
    Jail Cell

    The jailer housed prisoners in his house where his wife would keep them in line.

  • Goods for Sale
    Goods for Sale

    The General Store meant just that - A little bit of everything

  • Irons for clothing
    Irons for clothing

    How to decide. I think I would take a light one

  • Inside the Church
    Inside the Church

    The place of Worship, Weddings, Baptisms and saying goodbye

  • Pot from the past
    Pot from the past

    Pot from the 1860's a lot different from today but apparently last longer

  • Lovely Fireplace
    Lovely Fireplace

    Hand painted fireplace - very impressive

  • Drug Store sign
    Drug Store sign

    The light fixture that meant drug store inside

  • Penny farthing bike
    Penny farthing bike

    This Black Smith rode this bike like he was born on it.

  • Court House
    Court House

    A place one tries to stay away from, unless he is a lawyer or Judge

  • Old Photos
    Old Photos

    Very rare Photography method still practiced today in Sherbrooke Village

  • The Sawmill
    The Sawmill

    Outside view of McDonald's Sawmill

  • Servers of the day
    Servers of the day

    Teo lovely ladies that took good care of us on a very rainy day

  • Printing Press
    Printing Press

    The process of printing was so time consuming but they did get out in time.

  • Sailing Ship
    Sailing Ship


    Model Sailing ship with Masonic Hall in back ground

  • Umbrella

    A nice place to hide on a rainy day


  • The Post Office
    The Post Office

    Much like today only the boxes are hidden in the back