Welcome to

The Kentville
Historical Society

Our mission is to encourage and strengthen the appreciation and knowledge of the historical and cultural heritage of the Town of Kentville. Our membership is open to everyone who has interest
in the sharing and preservation of local history.

The Story of Kentville

The Town of Kentville is located on the Cornwallis River about eight miles upstream from its mouth in central Nova Scotia. This historic town was settled by New England Planters in the 1760’s after the expulsion of the Acadians. 

Originally called Horton’s Corner, it was renamed in 1826, in honour of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent (Queen Victoria’s father), who had stayed in the village while on a hunting trip to the area in 1794. 

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The Kentville Heritage Centre

We’re located in the former Via Station building at 66 Station Lane.
Visit us today to explore our collection of historic photographs and artifacts from Kentville, the Dominion Atlantic Railway, and more.

The Kentville Heritage Centre building

Still Available! “Glimpses of the Dominion Atlantic Railway” 2023 Calendar

It’s not too late to grab a copy of our 2023 calendar: “Glimpses of the Dominion Atlantic Railway” — now $5.00 each! They feature old photographs and historical trivia about the Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) since its incorporation. All proceeds go toward supporting the Society’s operations. Stop by the Heritage Centre or email us today to get yours!