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
Chester Municipal Heritage SocietyChair Person’s Report for the year 2015This past year has proved that the Chester Municipal Heritage Society can take our place with other museums in offering displays that appeal to a large number of people. We had more visitors last year than any previous year. A huge thank you goes out to Dudley Grove, Fran Underwood and their crew of volunteers who made this display so appealing and to the Lipnicks for storing the articles for us over the winter months. Because it was such a success we will be offering it again this year along with a new display developed by the Blandford Historical Society.Ciindy Lamson and Nancy Hatch continued to work adding pictures and information about our collection on Nova Muse . Lordly House Museum went on-line as a Nova Muse contributor in January, 2016. We joined fifty-six other Nova Scotia museums that can showcase our respective collections through an award-winning collective museum database. To date, Cindy and Nancy Hatch have photographed and catalogued more than 366 objects and have uploaded more than sixty photographs of the Lordly family as well as other early photographs of the Chester and area community. Plans were made to make “Lordly House come alive” in the fall and Frank Metzger and Wayne Cameron have certainly made it happen. Hours of work adding a new cupboard in the southwest kitchen area, a shelf and table in the kitchen and other donations are improving our collection and appearance inside the house itself. Thanks to Ken McCury for his woodworking talent which he has generously offered over the fall and winter months. A reminder that they are still seeking items for our collections and Lordly House that match our time period circa 1880s. Contact them if you have something you feel might be suitable and that you are willing to part with. I know they are looking for rug and pictures and a sideboard.The final opening of the Union /Prince Street section of the park was held and the inscribed rocks were completed. They recognize John Chataway and Daniel Haughn for their foresight, the Municipality of the District of Chester for their support and assistance and a memorial stone for Dori Chandler. Throughout the year Dave Stronach, Cindy Lamson, and Marina Davidson worked on developing and producing an on-line presentation , “Forman Hawboldt, Entrepreneur”’ for the Virtual Museum of Canada. We wish to thank Alan Bremner, the current Hawboldt Industries’ John Huxtable and Brad Armstrong for their help in making this possible. To help celebrate the 20thanniversary of the Lordly House Museum and the completion of this program it will be available on line beginning today. Once again we are endeavouring to showcase Chester Municipality for all to see and appreciate.The Lordly 1806 Fund has proved successful with donations over $11,000.00 this past season. Although this sounds like a great deal of money it in actual fact barely covers the cost of insurance and a barrel of oil for the station. Last year in an effort to derived more income from the station we rented the center sections to a tourism related business that will return again this year. The annual auction was success raising over $3000.00 and the House and Harbour Tour was enjoyed by many, but not as many as in previous years, to making the museum a success. People like Hilary McCarron, who offers a day a week at Maple Cottage, and with her husband Steve organizes and runs the annual Christmas Craft Show, Francis Woods who offers her time at Maple Cottage to file obituaries and other items. And in closing to all the people who visit the museum, the station, the park and Maple Cottage. Your support is essential if the museum is to be an active and worthwhile endeavor. Thank you all!!Celebrating 20 years at Lordly HouseOn July 15, 1996 the Chester Municipal Heritage Society became the lawful owners of Lordly House after signing the transfer agreements with Marion MacNutt at the Law Offices of Hennigar Wells. The Society had been negotiating the terms of a purchase and sale agreement with John and Marion MacNutt since 1987 but, following the death of John MacNutt in 1994, Marion decided it was time to conclude the sale for a total of $130,000. The Society made a $30,000 down payment and agreed to pay $10,000 for the next 10 years at no interest. The MacNutts purchased the property in 1964 from Dr. Charles and Lucy Stanford of Chester. Marion and John were devoted to preserving the house and they were avid collectors of Lordly papers, photos and artifacts. The Heritage Society owes a monumental debt to the MacNutts for their thirty-years’ tenure as the keepers of Lordly family stories and traditions. We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to John and Marion MacNutt whose foresight helped to ensure the preservation of a Chester landmark. Now, twenty years later, we have a very bright future to celebrate.