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 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.

Holiday Workshops!

Wool Felting Workshop: Santa’s Back Up Crew

Join fibre artisan Jackie Wile of Wile’s Woolies for this fun, holiday-themed felting workshop. Learn basic felting techniques while creating your very own 8″ x 10″ picture of Santa flying over the tree-tops with his ewe-nique little flock!

All materials will be provided; no experience necessary. Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Cost: $80.00 + tax.
To register, email: hello@coleharbourfarmmuseum.ca

Jackie has her own flock of sheep on her farm in Waterloo, Nova Scotia. Once sheared, she processes all the wool herself by hand, including washing, dyeing and spinning. Wile’s Woolies specializes in wool fibre, batts and roving, natural and dyed.

Watch for additional Crafting Workshops coming up in December!

Introduction to Blacksmithing Workshop

One of our most popular offerings, the Introduction to Blacksmithing Workshop will have you spending a day in the forge with our Blacksmith, Kevin Thomas. Learn about the history and art of blacksmithing, and go home with your very own completed project!

Upcoming dates for 2019 are:

Tickets are $99 each, and are made available through Eventbrite a month prior to the individual workshop.

Upcoming Events


Christmas Carol Service at the Meeting House

You are invited to attend the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society’s annual Christmas Service at The Meeting House! The service will be lead by Rev. Peter Young, with accompaniment provided by Judith Tulloch. Please join us for cookies and hot cider following the service. The service will be held at the Meeting House, 1436 Cole Harbour Road (the top of Long Hill), on Sunday, December 15th, beginning at 2pm. Extra parking has generously been made available by the Evangel Pentecostal Church (1412 Cole Harbour Road). Read More →

Farm Museum named Cultural Hotspot in HRM

A recent blog by Canadian-owned online travel agency FlightNetwork has included the Farm Museum in an eclectic list of cultural hotspots in the Halifax area.  The list includes a variety of galleries, shops, events and museums.  Take a look! As seen in Flightnetwork’s Article – 13 Cultural Hotspots You Must See In Halifax Read More →

Feed the Farm; Enrich the Community

Our seasonal fundraising campaign to care for our animals needs your help! The animal program costs approximately $5000 per season in direct costs for feed, bedding, supplies and transportation, and the Farm receives no direct support toward this.  We must raise it in order to keep it going.  Please visit our Fundrazr page to learn more about specific costs and to give. With the passing of four decades, the role of the Farm Museum has come into sharp focus. Many urban residents know little of farming today and popular food culture has little to do with the family farm. We believe in the importance of keeping farm animals in the public eye so that we may know and value them. We promote optimum quality of life, … Read More →

Farm Camp 2019

Last year, we held our first Farm Day Camp in August, and it was a huge success! So successful, that this year we have decided to hold not one, but TWO camps over the summer! The first will be held the week of July 15th to 19th, 2019, and will be limited to children ages 6 to 8. The second will be held the week of August 12th to 16th, 2019, and will be limited to children ages 9 to 12. Children will have the chance to participate in garden and farm-related activities, arts and crafts, heritage-related activities, games, and even help out with animal care! It’s a fun-filled week, and we are excited to be offering it again this year. The camps will cost $150 per child, and will run from 9am to 4pm each day during their respective weeks. Early drop-off and late pick-up will … Read More →

Crossing Cole Harbour: From Ferry to Dyke then Rail to Trail

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society is pleased to announce the launch of its third virtual exhibit for the Virtual Museum of Canada; Crossing Cole Harbour: From Ferry to Dyke then Rail to Trail, a part of the Community Stories Program of the Canadian Museum of History.  This is a massive effort for a small museum and we are very grateful to our collections volunteers for the many hours of work they contributed to help to make this happen. To see the full exhibit visit Crossing Cole Harbour       Read More →

Tearoom Job Opportunities!

The Rose & Kettle Tearoom is hiring! We are looking for four new staff members for the upcoming season: a Kitchen Help/Server position, and three Server positions. The tearoom is an important part of our operation, with all proceeds going to help run the farm. We follow a farm to fork philosophy, with as many menu items as possible made from locally sourced means. The tearoom seats 32 people, contains a gift shop, and is open from May 15th to October 15th. If this sounds interesting to you, head over to our Job Opportunities page to apply! Read More →