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.


Our 14th Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser was a great success!  This event provides much of the core funds needed to support the upcoming season of the Farm Museum; to grow our gardens, care for our farm animals, provide learning opportunities for children, and work experience for youth. Generally, to make the Farm come to life!

A big thank you to our auction corporate sponsors and all of the individuals and businesses who donated a wonderful array of over 150 items. Here is our beautiful 2019 program (design and production donated by Ideas Ink Design).

An especially big thank to our auction committee who made it all happen, and the many other volunteers who collected items, sold tickets or were on hand for the execution.

Gold Sponsors

  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Conrads Bros. Ltd.
  • Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management
  • Kent
  • Mic Mac Mall
  • MNP LLP
  • Sobeys Cole Harbour

Silver Sponsors

  • Vance and Michal Crowe
  • Fred M Dunphy Excavating &Contracting Ltd.
  • MacPhee Ford
  • TD Bank Cole Harbour
  • Theriault Financial
  • Westphal Cole Harbour & Area Firefighters Association

 

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:

May 25, 2019 (Sold Out)

  • June 20, 2019
  • 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

Jun.08

Cole Harbour Fibre Frolic

Our second annual Fibre Frolic is now combined with sheep shearing day! This is the time to try out a new craft, talk to fibre artisans, feel the fibre, meet the sheep and find just the right materials for your next creation. A fibre market will showcase local artisans and small farming fibre ventures. See and participate in hands-on demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting and knitting. Indoor and outdoor concessions available. A fun, family-friendly event! Admission by donation to support the Farm. On Friday, June 7th, we are offering a series of fibre workshops for which paid advance registration is required.  For full details of all the workshops see our Facebook events page. We are also developing a very special fibre-themed fund-raising event for Saturday evening. Please … Read More →

Jun.20

June Blacksmithing Workshop

Join us at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum for a one day “Introduction to Blacksmithing”. The workshop takes place inside our historic Blacksmith Shop, a working shop developed within one of the site’s original heritage barns. The workshop gets underway at 9am. You’ll start with a brief presentation by the Blacksmith (fresh coffee provided!) on the process of blacksmithing and the role of the Blacksmith in the community. Once you’ve completed the presentation you will head to the forge where, under the instruction and guidance of the Blacksmith, you will create your own project to take home (project has been pre-selected to optimize learning outcomes). This workshop is tailored to adults, 18+ only. There will be a one hour break for lunch; please plan to brown bag it (there are also food services available in very close proximity to the … 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 →

Job Opportunities!

March has roared into town, and brought with it some fresh new job opportunities for this summer! Are you a student or young person who wants to spend the summer working at the farm? Do you happen to know someone who would fit in that category? Head on over to our Job Opportunities section on our website to see the various positions we are looking to fill. Read More →