Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
If you didn’t know this place existed, you’re not apt to stumble upon it! And, that would be a shame!
A friend recently told me about her trip to the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum to check out a chair that a family member had made.
It sounded like an interesting and quaint place to explore so we stopped to check it out on the way home from the Eastern Shore. We are sure glad we decided to stop in!
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!
About our Visit
When we arrived at the museum, we picked up a map and brochure at the main entrance.
This enabled us to have a self-guided tour around the heritage farm.
There were several buildings to in to explore farm life over the past 150+ years.
There were lots of hands-on things for the kids to do and touch from carding wool to playing old-fashioned games like crokinole
or chess under an apple tree.
There is also a small playground area where kids can swing or go on an ox-yoke seesaw.
Or play with other old-fashioned games!
The brochure included information about each of the buildings and even had a search and find activity for each location!
There were so many displays of farming equipment.
And farm animals to visit.
Inspired by the beautiful Victorian verandah of the Harris House and its plentiful roses, the Rose and Kettle Tearoom has been the heart of the Farm for over 20 years. All proceeds from the tearoom and gift shop go back into running the museum.
Definitely plan on stopping for lunch or afternoon tea. I wish we had!
Plan your Visit
We took about an hour to visit the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum. This did not include time for a meal or tea.
The Farm Museum is open seven days a week from May 15 to October 15. Throughout the winter months by appointment for research, resources and inquiries.
Admission is by donation. Please be generous!
- May 15th – October 15th:
Weekdays & Saturdays: 10 am – 4 pm
Sundays & Holidays: 12 pm – 4 pm
This is about 1hr 15 minutes from the Valley.
The Cole Harbour Farm Heritage Museum is such a lovely place to explore, you would have no idea that it is in the heart of the city of Cole Harbour, minutes from Dartmouth!
As you tour the farm, in the background you get the juxtaposition of the old and the new with the farm in the foreground and Walmart in the background. How quickly life has changed.
Let’s not forget our rural life, and keep our heritage alive. Take time to visit the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum!