Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Dark Night Adventure

A Dark Night Adventure that took place on Oct 30th, 2011 was amazing!!! CCHN wishes to thank Roberta McMasters and the Springhill Miners Museum for hosting our adventure and Psychic Darlene who shocked everyone in attendance with her amazing abilities. Pictures to follow...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Fundy Geological Museum

The Fundy Geological Museum will be holding their annual "O' Christmas Tree Closing " An evening of festive treats and sing along here at the Museum on Thursday, December 1, at 7 pm. All welcome!

New Associate Member of CCHN

Join us as we welcome our new associate member -

That Dutchman's Farm, 112 Brown Road, Upper Economy Nova Scotia

Phone: 902.647.2751



That Dutchman's Farm, producers of fine farmstead cheeses, is owned and operated by Maja and Willem van den Hoek. The cheese Willem produces is a "Farmstead Gouda." It is a true heritage cheese that has its roots in the Netherlands, reaching down into the early middle ages.

Over the years they have laid out an extensive network of walking trials and waterways connecting gardens and ponds. Hidden amongst this lives an interesting collection of animals and plants tucked away in special settings. It is a work in progress and well worth the visit to explore. Something for the very young (animals to visit) and the very old (park benches everywhere!) You can wander the farm yard and barns, explore the nature trails, meander through the flowers, herb and water gardens, meet the heritage and exotic animals and stop for lunch between Father's Day and Labour Day at their cafe which provides a spectacular view of the Cobequid Shores of the Bay of Fundy. It's the perfect setting to enjoy nature and take some time out. Admission charged.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Age of Sail Museum

The Age of Sail Museum will be hosting a Fall Roast Chicken Supper on November 5th. Call (902) 254-2079 Oralee 902) 348-2060 Ohra or email: for details.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mystery Bus Tour Over!

The Mystery Bus Tour is over and a great time was had by all who attended! We had beautiful weather - sunshine and blue skies, although it was a bit windy for two of our stops but most did not seem to mind. We did not lose anyones hat.

I gave hints at the beginning of our tour as to where we would be going. We also had trivia questions with prizes for the correct answers. Guess what? I am still not telling where we did stop - as that is to remain part of the mystery!

I will tell those not in attendance that you did miss the very best homecooked restaurant meal which consisted of two slices of roast beef, two scoops of mashed potatoes, gravy, home cooked carrots, peas, corn, coleslaw, roll and butter with your choice of Cherry cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, coconut cream pie,or pineapple squares. It was an eaters feast! My congratulations to the BayView restaurant, owner -Margie Melanson and the cook Brenda which served it all up with smiles and chuckles!

I did manage to keep everyone awake afterwards as we made our way through the best views of the fall coloured trees and Chignecto Bay with the most beautiful backdrop of blue sky that I have seen in awhile.

Watch for future tours and adventures as this was our maiden voyage and in my opinion - we did not sink but rose to the occasion!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Malagash & Area Heritage Association Tea & Craft Sale

The Malagash Area Heritage Association is holding a Tea & Craft Sale on Saturday October 22, from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Malagash Community Hall, 1926 North Shore Road, Malagash. Raffle table, Grocery Basket, and a special draw for two nights accommodation at Cambra Sands and a fifty dollar gift certificate for The Jubilee Cottage. Sandwiches, desserts, tea and coffee. Admission 50 cents, with proceeds for the Salt Mine Museum. Please call 257-2142 for further information.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Media Press Release

Media Press Release
Date: Oct 13, 2011
Author of Media Release: Shirley Nicholson
Title of Author: Curator/Manager
Email of Author:
Phone Number of Author: (902) 667-2561

For Immediate Release

Topic: Book Release – Maccan. A Glimpse Into the Past

On Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2011, the Cumberland County Museum will host the official book launch of Chris F. Cameron’s latest book Maccan. A Glimpse Into the Past, and 20% of sales both days (and future sales) will be donated to the Museum. Cameron lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a former resident of Maccan. “As a former Maccaner, it is especially pleasing to have the first signing of my latest book at a venue that is committed to preserving County history.”

The 8” by 10” size book provides the reader with a glimpse of a once vibrant community. Like so many communities, Maccan contributed to the development and history of Cumberland County and, as progress came, so did change. With fourteen chapters, two appendices, the 202 page book contains photos, maps, charts and mercantile information on businesses, coal mining, shipbuilding, churches and the railroad. It contains a 17 page chapter of photos and text on the Maccan Power Generating Plant. A Chapter on School Days will spark memories of a by-gone era when local children attended a three room school in Maccan from grades Primary to Grade Six. Maccan had a river shipyard and was a Port of Registry as listed in the Ship Registration Index held in Ottawa. The names of some of those ships built at Maccan are listed.

“Having grown up in Maccan, I remember some of the ‘old-timers’, and walking in many of the original buildings which have long disappeared. Maccan played an important role in the area and that role should not be forgotten.” Cameron devotes a chapter on some of the people of Maccan who contributed to sports, military, politics, business, coal mining; people such as war hero Lloyd Hurley; missionary Maud Harrison; coal mining entrepreneur William Patrick; the Maccan Royals baseball team; and Father of Confederation Jonathan McCully.

About Chris F. Cameron

Having had a diverse 40 year career first in the Military which included a tour of duty as a Peacekeeper, and later in the Federal Public Service, Cameron retired in 2008 as a Special Advisor to a Science Director General. He was the recipient of many awards, including a federal Departmental Merit Award. He has always been interested in history, and the preservation of history. Cameron was instrumental in securing a Monuments Board of Canada bronze plaque at Verchères, Quebec to commemorate Calixa LavallĂ©e, the author of Canada’s National Anthem. He is enjoying his retirement which gives him time to enjoy painting, photography, genealogy, and writing. “I am happy to be able to give part of my proceeds to help the Cumberland County Museum which is an important resource in displaying and preserving local history.” He is planning to write another book, title unknown, but it will be history. “Prairie winters are long, and writing is a good way to get through them.”
To Be presented at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church Street, Amherst, NS

Date: Saturday, November 5,
and Sunday, November 6, 2011
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm each day

The Cumberland County Museum Collects, Preserves, Interprets and Promotes, The Material And Documentary Past, Of Cumberland County, For The Education And Enjoyment Of Present And Future Generations.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 2011

There is alot happening this month in Cumberland County,NS

Every Friday is "Family Friendly Fridays" at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, with free admission for children under 12.
Until Oct 31st, Joggins Fossil Cliffs hosts a Steam Train Exhibit.
Oct 4th to Nov 5th Cumberland County Museum and Archives hosts "From The Heart" Needlework Display by Elizabeth (Liz) Anne Hickey.
Oct 1st and 2nd, Ship's Company Theatre presents "Patsy Cline- She's Got You".
Oct 10th - The Age of Sail Museum will be closing for the season.
Oct 11th to Saturday Oct 15th - Cumberland County Museum and Archives hosts events in conjunction with the Fiber Arts Festival.
Saturday Oct 15th - Cumberland County Heritage Network Society's Mystery Bus Tour - register before Oct 13th.
Oct 24th - Joggins Fossil Cliffs hosts a Celebration of United Nations Day.