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.
The Chester Municipal Heritage Society was formed as a not-- for - profit organization consisting of a 15 member board of directors and members at large. The current table officers are Carol Nauss- Chair, James Barkhouse -Vice Chair, Cynthiia Lamson- Secretary, Richard Stevens - treasurer. We maintain a presence on the web and on Face Book. Although closed throughout the winter months research materials and tours are available by appointment. We are constantly collecting information about the municipality, older pictures and genealogies of local families. We provide wi-fi computer access at Maple Cottage, 75 Regent Street . Since its inception the society has undertaken a number of projects beginning with the rebuilding and upkeep of the top half of the tower on the Zoé Valé Library grounds .The Chester Train Station is the recognized home of the society and is currently used to house , “The Oak Island Dislay”, the Municipal Chamber of Commerce Tourist Bureau., and costume storage for the Chester Drama Society . “The Forman Hawboldt Exhibit” is located adjacent to the station. This exhibit was opened in 1995 through the efforts of Alan Bremner and Brad Armstrong, society members. This year the Chester Farmer’s Market has relocated to the station. Lordly House Museum has mounted displays each year that showcase our local community and municipal history. The park surrounding Lordly House and a children’s playground are maintained by the society for community use. The society has a large group of very generous patrons and donors who have made it possible for the group to undertake, and complete successfully, a number of large projects, the largest of which was the restoration of Lordly House Museum and Maple Cottage, the first Municipal Office for the Municipality of the District of Chester.