Bedeque Area Historical Museum opened on July 1, 2013. Since then, the museum has opened new exhibits for the public. The museum is open from late June- early September. Call, email, or send a message with any questions.
THE PERMANENT EXHIBITS CONTINUING ON VIEW THIS SUMMER
‘THE BORDEN FERRY-100’ EXHIBIT
Ten posterboards tell the stories of the various vessels that served in the crossing of Northumberland Strait and also of some of the people who worked on the ferries. Also on display are many objects connected with the ferries, loaned from private collections.
AN EXHIBIT ON MI’KMAQ CULTURE AND WAY OF LIFE
Three panels describe the culture of the Mi’kmaq and their way of life prior to the arrival of Europeans, and during the French and British colonial periods. It includes a display of Mi’kmaq baskets and we show several short films on Mi’kmaq heritage created by Ron Zakar for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island.
THE BEDEQUE HARBOUR LOYALISTS
A large display tells the story of the United Empire Loyalists and the settlement of Loyalist families around Bedeque Bay in 1784, led by William Schurman and Thomas Hooper. The families who arrived with Schurman and Hooper (or followed shortly after) include the names Darby, Green, Lefurgey, Linkletter, MacFarlane, Murray, Silliker, Small, Strang, Waugh and Wright. The exhibit includes maps showing where particular families settled and explains why they settled in the ‘Bedeque Harbour’ area. Part of the exhibit tells the story of the ‘Valley Farm’, which has been in the Schurman family since 1839.
This exhibit tells the story of Callbeck’s general store, which was the focal point for the Bedeque area for almost one hundred years, from 1899 to 1993. The Museum is housed in the original store building and displays many artifacts from the Callbeck family collection.
HOWARD CLARK’S RED BARN MUSEUM
We have a large display of many objects from the late Howard Clark’s Red Barn Museum in Chelton. The exhibits are spread over two floors and relate to the social and cultural history of the wider area. Howard created his museum after returning from service on a hospital ship in World War II and he donated his collection to the BAHS in 2010.
LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY AND BEDEQUE
Two panels, and photographs, tell the story of Maud Montgomery’s romance with Herman Leard, a young farmer with whose family she boarded in 1897-1898 when she was teaching in Lower Bedeque. She recorded in her journal that Herman was the only man she ever really fell in love with.
THE NEW POSTERS ADDED FOR THIS SUMMER
In the following pages are extracts from three new poster displays telling the story of: THE ACADIANS AT BEDEQUE, JACOB GOULD SCHURMAN, and THE FREETOWN ROYALS. (The extracts here are reduced in size compared with the posters.)