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
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
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 focuses on a local entrepreneur who is credited with
ending the age of small sail-powered fishing boats, with the invention of the
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.
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.