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.


We’re currently running our annual Feed the Animals Campaign. This campaign allows our visitors to donate directly to our animals program to ensure it continues for years to come. Last year we surpassed our goal by $1500 and were able to put the extra towards vet bills for our pig Lucky who fell very ill after giving birth to her piglets. Thanks to the donations and our ability to provide her with top notch health-care Lucky pulled through and was able to spend the rest of the summer with her babies.

To learn more about our campaign or to donate please follow this link:
Feed the Animals


Upcoming Events


FEAST! A Cole Harbour Long Table Dinner

Join us for our brand new event: FEAST! A Cole Harbour Long Table Dinner. Held in the central farmyard under our marquee tent, you will enjoy the delicious flavours of a Nova Scotia August against the backdrop of 200 years of farming heritage. Special guests, the Storytellers Circle of Halifax will illuminate the evening with their “Tales from the farm yard and beyond”. Your 4-course, long table dinner includes: Marinated Medley of Late Summer Vegetables, Eastern Shore Fishcakes with Mussels and Tomato Jam Herb-Stuffed, Berkshire Pork Tenderloin Honey and Nutmeg Blueberry Grunt. Included in the price of your meal is a drink ticket for a glass of local craft beer or cider (additional alcoholic beverages may be purchased). Non-alcoholic beverages Read More

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Beginners Blacksmithing Workshop (September)

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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ChickCam Project

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia, Chicken Farmers of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Webcams in a new program for elementary school students; the ChickCam project. Incubation of the eggs started on May 24th. There are two types of eggs in the hatch, the brown eggs are from commercial broiler hens and the white eggs are from egg layer hens. Both should hatch on June 14th as the incubation period for chickens is 21 days. The incubator maintains a steady temperature of 37.5 degrees C. The humidity inside the incubator is held at 60% relative humidity. The eggs sit on the turning grid, which rolls them over once Read More

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“Young Canada Works in Heritage” Summer Student Opportunities

The Farm Museum is fortunate to once again partner with Canadian Heritage through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Program in providing valuable museum-related work experience to our future museum workers. See the full job descriptions: Digitization Technician Museum Exhibits Assistant      

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CHRHS founding member to play a part in Canada’s 150th Birthday Commemorations

The work of the late Rosemary Eaton, lifelong photojournalist, champion of the Cole Harbour saltmarsh and founding member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, will be remembered through a new commemorative $10 bill to be released on June 1, 2017 in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. A photograph of Senator James Gladstone, Canada’s first senator from a treaty first nation, taken by Eaton in 1958, will be included on the bill. Eaton also photographed the original “Owls Bouquet” made by the late Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, a holographic rendering of which is also included on the bill.  

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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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