Prescott House Museum, Port Williams


Prescott House Museum

**Disclosure: We received a NS Museum Pass to visit as many museums in the province as possible!**

I think our visit to the Prescott House Museum in Port Williams was our favourite provincial museum thus far.

I grew up on the same street as the museum. As a child, I remember wandering the gardens. As a teenager, I was there many a summer when my friends and I sang at the garden parties held there. I remember touring the museum several times.

But, I think it was always a place that we took for granted because it was right down the street in our own backyard.


About Prescott House

This is what the website has to say:
Come calling at “Acacia Grove”, an elegant Georgian house in the picturesque Annapolis Valley. Here, horticulturalist Charles Prescott cultivated Nova Scotia’s apple industry from 1811 to 1859.
Discover how his great grand daughter, Mary Allison Prescott, rescued the derelict building in the 1930s to recreate a gracious home. See family portraits, antique furnishings and Miss Prescott’s collections of hand-stitched samplers and tribal Oriental carpets. Delight in the garden and lush countryside surrounding this special place.


Our Visit

Armed with our Nova Scotia Museum pass we headed on a rainy morning to Starr’s Point Road in Port Williams.


Daniel (9) writes of our experience:

When we went to the Prescott House, our tour guide, Diana, welcomed us. First, she gave us a clipboard. This was a search and find with pictures of things in the house that we needed to find.


Following this, Diana gave us a history tour of the museum. She went room by room telling us the history of each room, and where children would have or wouldn’t have been allowed in the house.

She even showed us some things that were closed off like where the servants lived and some special books. We couldn’t touch the books, but she put on gloves and read a book to us.


I learned that Charles Prescott was an apple grower. Thomas learned that during the war, when children were sent from England to be safe, some stayed at the Prescott House.

We got to play with cool, old-fashioned toys. “Who needs TV?”

It was interesting because in old times, children had to cross-stitch their alphabets at the age of 6-9. But, they often put the “J” at the end of the alphabet. Because, “J” wasn’t commonly used in the alphabet then.

I think other kids should go to the museum to be fascinated by the exhibits and to play with the old-fashioned toys in the sun porch.

There is also a weekly children’s program at the Prescott House, every Wednesday morning.
Read more here


Hours & Admission

Open Seasonally
June 1 – October 4
Monday to Saturday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Child – Free
Youth – $2.80
Adult – $3.90
Senior – $2.80
Family – $8.65

Be sure to take the time to explore your own back yard and appreciate our own local history, starting with a visit to the Prescott House Museum in Port Williams!


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