The Chester Municipal Heritage Society

Chester Train Station

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.

Education and Outreach

Trade in Time *

A Curriculum Linked Museum Program for your students approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and presented by the Chester Municipal Heritage Society.

Trade in Time artifact items. Check out your own running shoe for clues to global trade today as you come along with us on an exploration of trade over several hundred years in Atlantic Canada. Pick up your trade bag of practice trading skills at a time before Europeans came to this land. In the Trading Game find out how trade changes when those newcomers arrive on our shores. Then see for yourself how interdependent early settlers are in The Village Life Game, and imagine his life as you listen to the voice of a sailor who lived on the high seas durin the exciting days of the Atlantic Trade.

We provide a selection of intriguing artifacts -- all with their own stories to tell and a variety of inteactive games and activities desigend to engage young hands and minds in discovery learning. The program includes Follow-up Activity ideas for the classroom and a Teachers Rubric for evaluation during the program.


2 focused hours - morning or afternoon. 1 parent volunteer for every 8 students plus the teacher.

Maximum number of students - 30

To inquire about booking the program call:

Lordly House Museum - (902) 275-3842 or (902) 275-3826

*This program has been developed with the generous support of Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage and Susan Crocker and John
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Oak Island - Treasure Extraordinary

Three sailors walking on Oak Island. Chester Municipal Heritage Society is able to assist students with school projects, people researching the history of Oak Island and those with an interest in this fabulous bit of municipal and Canadian heritage. We have a large stock of photographs, documents, letters, maps, movies and much more that can be accessed and studied. In addition, we are always in the process of collecting more information to keep open to the public. We are always interested in your photographs, movies, artifacts, magazine articles and stories about Oak Island whether you wrote them yourself or have them stored at home. We also accept donations of Oak Island books and anything you give to us will have a permanent home, safe from destruction, deterioration and open to the public under standard museum guidelines.If you are a member of an historical society, a school or any other group, we can also offer a highly experienced guest speaker who can relate the history of Oak Island in a fun, educational and pragmatic way so contact us to book your speaker today.

Our Guest Speaker's Biography

Danny Hennigar has had a life long interest and passion in the history of Oak Island and is well steeped in its facts, fiction and legends. Danny worked as a tour guide on Oak Island for three summers in the 1970s for the Provincial Department of Tourism. He also offered tours of the island from 2005 - 2009 during a popular and growing festival, Explore Oak Island Days in association with the Oak Island Tourism Society. He has been involved with several made for TV documentaries about the amazing treasure hunt, participated in dozens of regional, national and international radio shows, is a writer with many Oak Island related stories to his credit and is an avid amateur historian. He is a board member of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society and curator of the Explore Oak Island Display at the Train Station in Chester Nova Scotia.

Mr. Hennigar has given presentations at Acadia and St Mary's Universities, historical societies, professional groups, schools, tourist groups, government officials, even to Oak Island treasure hunters. His presentation can be via voice or with a very entertaining Power Point presentation complete with many photographs. The talk can be tailored to your group's needs but is generally about an hour long, depending on how many questions are asked. Write or call 275-3718 for details.

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The American Connection

Location - Lordly House Museum

Join us at the museum to learn how the village of Chester evolved from its early founding and the American connection. Learn how the women and children of Chester saved the town from a privateer attack in 1782.

Explore how a bicycle trip and a doctor's vacation led to the development of Chester as a summer vacation destination. Pictures, displays, and artifacts all combine to tell the story of the development of the village and municipality of Chester.

ON-LINE Location
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Lorldy House Museum - House Tour

133 Central Street, Chester, NS

Come and learn about life from the 1850's to the 1890's in the Municipality of the District of Chester, through the eyes of Charles Lordly and his family. Tour his family's restored Georgian style house, circa 1806 and Chester's first municipal office. Find out why we became our own municipality and meet the first two municipal clerks.

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Introduction to Genealogy - “Time Travel with EuGENEus!”

for students. Grades 3-4

An initiation of students to simple genealogical activities.

Genealogy at School - Travels Through Time

for students. Grades 5-8

Learn about conducting genealogical research on the challenges their ancestors and others experienced during their immigration to Canada and their migration within Canada.