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


Sheep Shearing

Join us at the Farm Museum as our two ewes, Layla and Miriam, loose their thick wooly winter coats. Shearer Peter Kozier will be demonstrating both traditional and modern shearing methods. You can watch the process as it happens, ask questions and afterwards enjoy the afternoon at the Farm! In the case of rain the event will still go on but will be moved inside one of our barns. This event is by donation.

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Rhubarb Rhapsody

Come enjoy a meal with us, to celebrate the end of spring and arrival of summer! You’ll be seated in our quaint Rose & Kettle Tearoom, located in the old Settle House built circa 1850, at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum. A choice of soup or stew followed by a scrumptious selection of all-you-can-eat rhubarb desserts made from our own local and in-season rhubarb. There will be two sittings to this events and tickets MUST be purchased in advance. The first sitting will run from 4:30pm-5:30pm and the second sitting will run from 6pm-7pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

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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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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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