Early projects of the society helped to save the Chester Train Station and rebuild the Lightfoot Tower, built circa 1904, by American attorney Alfred Ross Lightfoot to gain a better view of sailing activity in Mahone Bay. The station now houses the Tourist Bureau, a gallery for local artists and artisans andanexhibitonOakIsland,asitefamousforhiddenpiratetreasure.Another recent and major endeavour of the society was to gain control, through purchase and lease, of a complete village block of the original town plan of Chester Village to develop Lordly Park. The park has cultivated areas, a natural wetland, a children's playground, and a skating and games berm and is home to yet another project of the society – the restoration of LordlyHouseMuseumandMapleCottage.Thehouse,builtcirca1806bylocal shipwrights and carpenters for Captain MacCurdy is valued for its age, architecture and historical association with the Lordly family. It is a fine example of Georgian architecture in the community and remains relatively unchangedsinceitsconstruction.TheCottage,circa1879,wasthefirstmunicipalofficewhereLordlywasclerk.Over the years, the society has been developing a database of heritage properties and compiling obituaries, news clippings, genealogies and other information related to the municipality. It has researched and mounted a permanent display which features the "American Connection" to the community. Educational programs for the local community are offered in the winter months. It offers an outreach school program, "Trade in Time" using local artifacts to help teach students about local history. Thesocietyisalsoresponsiblefora wi-fi site at Maple Cottage (freepubliccomputeraccess)inthevillageand has recently launched a directory showcasing the talents of local Artists andArtisans.The society mounts changing displays each year at Lordly House Museum, 133 Central Street, Chester, NS. This year we will feature a World War ! display opening on June 1 at 5:00 PM and Underneath It All opening on July 19th at 2:30 PM. Please plan to join us for these events. The Chester Municipal Heritage Society is always looking for people who are willing to participate in its community building activities or to share information. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to assist.
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.