The Chester Municipal Heritage Society was established in 1981 to promote and cultivate awareness of the unique heritage of the Municipality of the District of Chester for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations through the preservation of historically significant properties and the delivery of educational programming.

Chester Municipal Heritage Society

The American Connection - A Community in the Making

The history and heritage of the Municipality of the District of Chester is

closely allied to our relationships with families and businesses in the Eastern

United States.  Some of our earliest settlement was by Loyalist Americans. 

Additionally, for generations we have had a strong relationship with seasonal

residents, who first came here through trade or holiday experiences, that

has had a major impact on our economy, culture and society.    These

families are widely extended, with some family members now permanently

resident in Canada, and the story of their impact on our community, and their

diaspora, is unique and not told elsewhere in our province.  Viisit the

Canadian Heritage Information Network ‘s   Virtual Museum and search The

American Connection to view this on line.   Also at the Chester Train

Station.

Explore Oak Island Display - view it here The station is home to the Oak Island display featuring artefacts, pictures and information about the world famous treasure hunt.  

  

The Hawboldt Display - view it here

The Hawboldt  Display focuses on a local entrepreneur who is credited with ending the age of small sail-powered fishing boats,  with the invention of the make-and-break engine.

Blandford Room - Fisherman’s cottage

A display featuring the a look at the interior of a fisherman’s cottage .
“Through His Lens”
A  display featuring the photography of Edward Rutherford, a local resident who recorded  the daily events within the village , municipality and province over a 50 year span.    The display changes yearly featuring various subject material.
 Exhibits
Chester Train Station  Display Learn about MacKenzie -Mann stations, tools used by the workers, a replica of what the Stationmaster’s office was like and view a station that has been little changed since it construction in 1902-5. Gold  Mining in Chester Municipality Find out about mining in the area, about the gold mines that once were worked here. 
Sir John A Macdonald’s Table Visit Lorldy House to learn about how the members of higher society dined and what they ate.  Sample table setting and dishes, menus.  Also discover items 150 years old from our collection, try your hand a a confederation quiz and learn why Nova Scotians were not in favour of Confederation.
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