Today we visited the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum in Cole Harbour, NS. The Farm Museum is a community museum set up to preserve and teach the public about agricultural history, in the Cole Harbour area, as well as educate about plants, animals and farming today. The museum is free to visit and relies heavily on community support, so be sure to leave a donation if you visit.
The museum has a blacksmiths shop with hundreds of old tools, horseshoes, handmade nails and shelves filled with antiques such as old lanterns.
Next door is Settle Barn, built in the 1800’s. With multiple exhibits on the upper level, including interactive tool displays, and animals on the lower lever, it was a big hit with my daughters. They love anything they can touch! The museum is extremely well set up with signs over almost everything in the barn and houses. You can learn a lot here if you take the time to read. My husband really loved the tools and lightning rod displays.
We always have to rush off to see the animals at any farm and these cuties were no exception. While there aren’t very many animals at this farm there’s so much else to do and learn about we didn’t mind.
The Giles House, approximately 200 years old, is an excellent representation of a modest farm house from the area. The house is stock full of fantastic antiques including:
A White Mountain Oak Ice Box from Sussex, NB.
An antique typewritter.
Rooms full of antique furntiture, toys, baskets, quilts, and hooked rugs.
Pots, irons and cooking utensils.
At the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm there are events going on monthly as well as a The Rose and Kettle Tea Room and gift shop open daily. We visited the shop and could smell the lovely things baking in the tea room. It smelled heavenly. There is a large garden off to the side of the tea room you can explore as well where they grow a lot of the food they serve in the tea room.
The farm is about 15 minutes outside of Halifax, NS and is well worth the visit if you are in the area. It is open from May to October and is accessible by car or city transit.