Nourishing our connections with the land and what has gone before

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society has been collecting, preserving, and protecting Cole Harbour’s cultural and natural heritage for 40 years. A community response to the rapid change from rural to urban landscape, the Society continues to champion this once prosperous agricultural community and bring its story to life to the delight of thousands each year at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum; “the Farm”.   An authentic glimpse of living history located just a stone’s throw from the urban centre, the Farm offers an instant connection to our rural past. With broad public access a founding core value, admission to the Farm is by voluntary donation. The Farm is a frequent stop for the community, especially its younger members, to watch the farm animals and gardens grow, learn about their care and cultivation and get their hands dirty through the many structured opportunities for participation and experiential learning.

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society is a voice for the rural Cole Harbour of yesterday and the developing Cole Harbour of today. A catalyst for the protection and designation of the Cole Harbour/Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park System, the Society continues to maintain an active role in promoting limited and careful use of this and other sensitive lands in and around the saltmarsh.   The Society participates in community affairs, events and development through representation, partnership, and outreach and strives to continually promote respect for the harbour, the land and the unique cultural history which grew from them.

Established in 2011

Fund Purpose

This Fund supports:

  • Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
  • Cole Harbour Meeting House
  • Cole Harbour & Area Archives
  • Cole Harbour & Area Oral Histories
  • Cole Harbour & Area Genealogies
  • Rosemary Gilliat Eaton Photographic Collection
  • Resource Library

Donate to the fund

If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made through the CanadaHelps donation form below.

For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia office at