Welcome To The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is a community museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour's agricultural past, and to developing an understanding of plants, animals and farming today. It is owned and operated by the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, a registered charity which relies heavily on community support, volunteers and donations. ADMISSION IS BY DONATION so plan to come often and reconnect with your rural roots!

The Farm Museum is open seven days a week from May 15 to October 15. Throughout the winter months we are open by appointment for research, resources and enquiries.

Upcoming Events


12th Annual Dinner & Auction

The Annual Dinner & Auction provides much of the core funds needed to support the upcoming operating season of the Farm Museum; to grow our gardens, to care for our farm animals, to provide learning opportunities for children, work experience for youth – generally to make the Farm come to life. It’s a fun evening which includes a silent auction at the beginning of the night while waiting for dinner to be served. A 3-course roast turkey dinner (vegetarian options available upon request), and a live auction of our biggest donation items! The ticket price (which pays for the room rental, meal, HST and gratuity at Brightwood) is $45/person. Tickets will be available at the Farm Museum and online in Read More

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Beginners Blacksmithing Workshop (April)

Join us at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum for a full day introduction to Blacksmithing workshop. The workshop will begin at 9am, you’ll start with a coffee while our Blacksmith presents introductory information on blacksmithing and the process involved. Once you’ve completed the introduction you’ll then move on to the forge where you’ll begin working on your project with the guidance and help of the Blacksmith. This workshop is tailored to adults, 18+ only. There will be an hour break for lunch, please bring yourself something to eat. Please ensure you’re dressed appropriately – steel-toed boots, and for clothing you must wear non-flammable long sleeves and long pants (ie. jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt). Long hair should Read More

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Museum gardens designated a “Canada 150 Garden Experience”

The Farm Museum is the proud recipient of a Canada 150 Garden Experience designation, awarded by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association on March 13, 2017 in Ottawa. “In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, 150 gardens and garden experiences across the country were jury-selected to receive the Canada 150 Garden Experience designation.” This is an enormous honour for the Museum and is owed entirely to our dedicated garden volunteers and the Dartmouth Horticultural Society who make our gardens the wonderful experience that they are.

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Farm Museum ranks #2 amongst 67 community museums in Nova Scotia

The summer of 2016 was an evaluation year for 67 community museums located across Nova Scotia. The evaluation is a requirement of the Community Museum Assistance Program, administered by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. It was conducted in partnership with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums using teams of industry professionals from a variety of museological backgrounds. The evaluation assesses all areas of operations including Governance, Management, Facility, Collections and Access to Information, Interpretation, Marketing and Revenue Generation and Community. The Farm Museum’s resulting score was the second highest in the program and saw the greatest increase of any institution.

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Farmer for a Day 2016

Another very successful Farmer for a Day program was held at the Farm Museum September 20 to 22 in partnership with the Department of Agriculture. This event gives 360 grade 3 students from area elementary schools an opportunity to learn about modern day farming directly from industry representatives. What a fun program!

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2016 Summer Employment Opportunities

All summer employment positions are dependent upon successful government funding and all applicants must have been a full time student in the term immediately preceding the summer and be returning to full time studies in the term immediately following. Current Openings: Museum Programming Assistant The Museum Programming Assistant provides a first point of contact for visitors, assisting them in getting the most from their time at the site and creating a welcoming and enjoyable visitor experience. Duties will include: greet visitors in the museum reception area or Historic Giles House. inform visitors of exhibits and programs and areas which may be of special interest to them assist with the coordination and guiding of tours and groups assist with event planning and preparation and interpretation activities record Read More

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WestJet gets on board with two round trip tickets anywhere WestJet flies!

We are delighted to announce the support of WestJet for our upcoming Dinner & Auction Fundraiser. WestJet will be donating two round trip tickets anywhere WestJet flies! Raffle tickets on this wonderful prize will soon be available at the Farm Museum and through members of our Auction Committee.

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