We're taking pre-orders for locally grown hanging baskets and annuals, for contact-free pick up on May 22 (same day as the plant sale). Order  online at www.grovecottage.ca or download an order form here.

BIG BIG thanks to Sunrise Greenhouses in Pugwash Nova Scotia for supporting us through this fundraiser!

Our popular annual spring fundraiser is back! 
Saturday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. Find some new plants for your garden... you never know what to expect! 

Do you have plants to donate for the sale?
We're looking for vegetable starts, perennials, saplings, and anything else you might have to share. Drop off your donations May 15-21.

Cumberland County Museum & Archives is housed in Grove Cottage (c 1838), which was the family home of Senator R.B. Dickey, one of Amherst’s four Fathers of Canadian Confederation, who also include Sir Charles Tupper, E.B. Chandler and Jonathan McCully.

The museum presents the natural and human history of Cumberland County with emphasis on its industrial and social history up to the early 20th century. Visitors can explore an art gallery, a collection of genealogy material, and a research room. An extensive archives is also maintained. 
Grove Cottage is surrounded by beautiful gardens for our visitors to enjoy. We invite you to take part in a variety activities including exhibits, programs, special events with historic themes and a gift shop.

Cumberland County Museum and Archives is located in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in the Northumberland Shore region. We are a member of the Cumberland County Heritage Network Society which consists of approximately 20 arts, cultural and heritage sites. Bus tours are welcome.

Leave a legacy

One of the most important decisions of your lifetime is the impact you wish to make through your will or other estate plans. The Cumberland Museum Society gratefully accepts bequests. Call us to discuss planned giving.


The Cumberland County Museum and Archives collects, preserves, and makes available to the public records which pertain to Cumberland County and the surrounding area.

These records are of archival value and are collected through private and public sector sources.

A research room is open to the public for genealogy searches. Information is available on hundreds of local families.


Building and maintaining an active, energetic membership works to establish the Cumberland Museum Society as an essential well recognized, respected, and broadly valued community resource.

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It's that time of year again - Mayflower season!Did you know that the Mi'kmaq have gathered these beautiful, fragrant flowers for generations, often wrapping them in moss-filled birchbark cones, to sell as a way of supporting their families?Interested in giving this traditional craft a try for yourself? We've got you covered with an activity that is just right for you and your family. Follow the link below to download the PDF of the story "Kiju" by Melody Martin-Googoo, which explores this Mi'kmaw tradition. Children can work with the images that follow the story in a sequencing activity. Can they use the images to follow the events of the story?With new school closers happening in the province, this is a great way to get your kids out of the house exploring the beauty of their communities. Mayflowers, which are our Provincial flower, grow in a variety of soils and like partial shade best, so look for them in the woods under tree or leaf cover.Don't forget to have fun and stay safe.www.mikmaweydebert.ca/home/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Kiju_A-story-of-netukulimk_MTTK.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
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What’s this thing for? We have a tool in our collection and we’re not sure what it is. (The hammer is there for scale — we know what that’s for!). The thing on the end is iron and it’s really heavy.Who can tell us what this is and how it was used?#allinadayswork ... See MoreSee Less
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Got vinyl? We're looking for donations of vinyl records from Cumberland County recording artists (before the 1990s) for our exhibit All in a Day's Work. Look through your collection for 45s and LPs from Anne Murray, Jackie Gabriel and other local professional musicians. If you have some to contribute, message us or call 902-667-2561. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
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Happiest of birthdays to our Chair Lisa Emery. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to culture and community! ... See MoreSee Less
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More Magnolia Watch & it smells lovely too! ... See MoreSee Less
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