The past few summers we have went to the Historical Acadian Village. The village is run by workers that demonstrate how things were done in the old days. There is a working forge, animals, walking trails and so much more. Each time I have visited it was a totally different experience and awesome.
The Villages Contact Information
Local Phone Number: 1-902-762-2530
Toll Free Number: 1-888-381-8999
This is the entrance to the village.
Out front of the village is a carved statue of Baron Philippe Mius d’Entremont. It was carved by my brother, James Mackay.
The forge was going the first time during my visit, he made us a nail to take home. It was amazing to see how they were made and the man running it was so informative and friendly. There are many old tools in this shop. Ask questions they are all very knowledgeable in history. This place should be a school field trip!
This is the chicken coop, made the old way. The branches weaved to make the outside pen, very cool and cheap chicken pen!
The beginning of a dory, the workers make this over the summer using only hand tools. The young man at this spot was also very informative. Many old tools and baskets.
Pigs at the farm, they will eat anything including your fingers! Lol
Salt fish drying, kids loved this..and maybe tested it. The salt fish building smells fishy but its interesting to see how they did it.
Inside one of the houses at the village. I loved hearing about the items in the house. The ladies in the houses bake cookies in a wood burning oven and give them to visitors. They also bake the staff members lunch each day using older methods. I didn’t get a picture of the gardens, but they grow and tend vegetable gardens and use those vegetables in the meals they cook. The ladies do everything, knitting, cooking, baking, and making preserves. They are also quick to stop and talk about the older items in the house. I love the old kitchen stoves and the kitchen gadgets.
This was one of the new places I saw this past year. The ladies were working on an entirely hand stitched quilt and they let you help and teach you how. Considering I love quilts, for me, this was awesome. The lady helping me was so patient and helpful and knowledgeable about other areas of the village. She answered many of my questions!
This guy was weaving nets down by the wharf and talking about all the old fishery methods and tools. This guy was really interesting to talk to and kind. They also gave us a old fashioned lobster claw pin!
Maddy feeding one of the cows at the village, I think there are 2 there.
Over all I enjoy myself every time I go. There is usually something a little different each time, I know friends have had their kids do laundry the old fashioned way, they have kite flying events, a rhubarb festival, teddy bear picnic day, scavenger hunt events and so much more.
If you can enjoy learning and nature and walking a bit…this is a great place to bring the family for a day trip. They even have a cafeteria on location for lunches and drinks and they are not insanely over priced. There is a cost to get in the village, but it’s worth it.
Events Calendar: https://levillage.novascotia.ca/events