The Place: Eastern Shore
The Treasure: Sherbrooke Village
Along the St Mary’s River on the Eastern Shore sits a museum town called Sherbrooke Village.
Named after Sir John Coape Sherbrooke (Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia) the village of about 80 houses is an example of pre-world war one township.
Although it was raining off and on the day we went it was still a great visit. The period dressed actors and actresses both on the streets and in the builders were a wealth of information and very personable.
We picked up our map at the Information Centre but since we don’t play by the rulllllesss maaaan we just wandered around.
Here are some of the buildings and things we saw:
The boat shop:
Photo studio (where you can have your picture taken as well as learn about photography techniques of the time):
The post office:
I will never complain about my dentist again….
PETA may have an issue with this.. (dog powered butter churn)
This carving was inside the jail, have to pass the time somehow I guess:
After then we were off to see the hookers…
Wait where… where’d Treasure Bear go?
Annnnd after explaining to Treasure Bear that hookers were RUG hookers and he’s not in any trouble and he’s free to leave the jail he checked himself in to we moved on… *shakes head at Treasure Bear*
People complain smart phones are getting to big?
McDonald Brothers Steam Mill (fully operational)
Woodworker’s shop with item for sale:
Living museums like this are, to us, very special. Like Fortress Louisbourg you get a chance to walk the streets and get a feel for ‘how it was’, more so than a traditional museum where it’s a building housing a bunch of artifacts.
Museum towns like Sherbrooke Village are a piece of history frozen in time and give a more full sense and appreciation of what life was like and what folks did to get by and make a living. Getting to learn how things were done and the tools they used, the creativity and inventiveness that was basically a necessity at the time is a real treat to watch.
Whether it’s a museum, park, zoo or what have you, be generous to to donation boxes you see. That dollar or five you put in there goes a long way and is greatly appreciated.
Sherbrooke Village’s hours are 9:30am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week, running from June 1st to October 4th.
Also be sure to check out their Packages page for some interesting get away ideas!
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