Sherbrooke Village

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:

Boat shop  Boat in progress

 

 

Photo studio (where you can have your picture taken as well as learn about photography techniques of the time):

 

Photography store

 

 

The post office:

The post office

 

Indoor plumbing!

 

Indoor plumbing

 

 

I will never complain about my dentist again….

 

Dentist chair

 

 

PETA may have an issue with this.. (dog powered butter churn)

 

Dog power!

 

This carving was inside the jail, have to pass the time somehow I guess:

 

Ship carving

 

After then we were off to see the hookers…

 

Hook rug

 

 

Wait where… where’d Treasure Bear go?

 

Jailed Bear

 

 

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?

 

Not smart phone

 

 

McDonald Brothers Steam Mill (fully operational)

 

McDonald Brothers steam mill Water wheel

 

 

Woodworker’s shop with item for sale:

Woodwork Pricelist

 

 

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!

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (please like the page, too!) and our Google+ page for many more photos from our trip to Sherbrooke Village as well as other galleries. Follow us on Twitter for random thoughts and ‘where are we now’ tweets.

 

Thanks!

 

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