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.


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:

  • July 20, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • September 21, 2019
  • October 17, 2019
  • November 14, 2019
  • December 12, 2019

Tickets are $99 each, and are made available through Eventbrite a month prior to the individual workshop. See the individual event pages for more information.

Upcoming Events

Aug.24

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. This 4-course feast is sourced directly from the farm gardens and our farming partners. 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 plus tea and coffee included. Menu and ticket details will be available soon. Read More →

Oct.05

Harvest Saturday

Come out to the Farm for a special celebration of harvest traditions and activities; food preparation and preservation, textile and handcraft demonstrations, woodworking and blacksmithing along with some seasonal fun. The Rose and Kettle Tearoom will be serving traditional harvest fare and home-baked goodies. 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 →

Clean Foundation Partnership

This year, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with the Clean Foundation to host one of their Clean Leadership Summer Internship positions! The Environment Coordinator will be mainly responsible for the planning and care of the natural assets of the farm, such as overseeing the garden and its volunteers and staff, continued development of the farm’s interpretive trail, and leading monthly volunteer sessions for the garden, grounds, and trail. The Clean Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to working towards a clean climate and clean water, providing education and programs surrounding environmental sustainability. Through their Clean Leadership program, the Clean Foundation supports businesses, organizations, and government agencies in providing internships for youth in the green sector. The Farm is taking part in their summer internship … Read More →