Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hands on History

Sherbrooke Village is a must-see when travelling in Nova Scotia!
I used an old wooden paddle-churn to churn the butter. It was a lot of fun, but soon my arm muscles felt exhausted. Not used to hard labour...

The picturesque Sherbrooke Village offers many hands-on-history programs. Located just minutes from Nova Scotia’s Marine Drive, it was once the center of ship building, lumbering and gold mining on Nova Scotia's Eastern shore. Today it showcases life in the area between the late 1800s till early 1900s and with its costumed interpreters brings history to life.

25 of the original 80 buildings are open to the public and showcase a blacksmith shop, tailor atelier, country store, printer, tea room, church, court house and a post office among others.

Just outside the gates I indulged in cappuccino and cakes in the area’s best coffee shop, the “Village Coffee Grind” before I headed to the romantic setting of the town’s nearby historic Saw Mill.

Being at the Sherbrooke Village for only half a day was not enough, I will be back for sure this year, maybe to one of the wonderful programs offered in 2011, such as
- Victorian Quilting
- Music and Fiddle Camp
- Watercolor Camp
- Songwriter Camp
And my favoured: Photography Workshop & Camp, either as a two day workshop July 23-24, 2011 or (a mini vacation) a four day workshop, October 3 to 6, 2011.