Historic places in Nova Scotia: Sherbrooke Village
Sherbrooke Village is a genuine hidden gem on the South Coast of Nova Scotia. If you’ve read my post on Annapolis Royal you know that I am now on Canada’s East coast. So, one day I stopped in Sherbrooke on my way from Cape Breton to Halifax and was astounded by what I found. And surprised I’d never heard of it before.
Several times along the way I thought I reached the end of the world to get there. Like when my GPS sent me along a dirt road for 5km. But just keep driving and eventually you’ll see two blocks of houses that looks different. Different because they are 150 years old and in excellent shape. Follow signs to the parking lot to get to the entrance of Sherbrooke Village. Just as it was in the 1860.
Interpreters in period clothing
We stepped inside and were greeted by a lady in an 1860s dress who welcomed us to Sherbrooke village and offered us to dress up as well and have our picture taken. These interpreters are all over the village, dressed in period clothing. They tell you all about what life was like back then.
On your walk through the village you pass by the blacksmith, and you still hear the clinging of the metal. You will talk to the weaver who turns actual sheep hair into wool for knitting. You will say hi to the potter who is making and painting all kinds of pottery. There is a photographer who uses an old technique where the image is printed on a glass plate, just like you would have seen in Western movies. There are wood turners, who’s work is also available for purchase in the gift shop.
How much time do you need in Sherbrooke Village?
You can easily spend half a day or even a full day here. To really explore it all, maybe have a cup of tea at the tea house or some home made ice cream. An hour will only give you an idea but is not nearly enough to take it all in.
They only host events that obviously require extra time, check the Sherbrooke Village website to see what’s on.