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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 building

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.


Historical Homes of Kentville
2022 Calendar

We’re selling our 2022 Historical Homes of Kentville calendars with all proceeds going toward supporting the Society’s operations at the Heritage Centre—now only $5.00. Email us today to get yours!