About Us

The Kentville Heritage Centre building

Who we are

The Kentville Historical Society, formed in 2017, is a non-profit organization registered as a Society in Nova Scotia. The Society leases the former Via Station on Station Lane In Kentville as our Heritage Centre. The Centre opened its doors in May of 2019, and dedicated volunteers operate the Centre five days a week from 10 am to 4 pm, from May to October. Inside are many photographic displays and artifacts on Kentville streetscapes from the past, along with a dedicated Railway Room with many photos, and a written history of the Dominion Atlantic Railway over the years. Another space is a rotating Exhibit room, that changes each season.

The Historical Society has a Facebook page called the “Kentville Historical Society” which has postings of photos and notices of our meetings and events. We have a General Membership meeting, which is open to the public every other month, with guest speakers sharing insights into local historical events, in and around Kentville. These meetings are held at Kings Riverside Court, an accessible assisted-living complex, located on Webster Street. In addition, we have an Instragram page.

Monument outside the Kentville Heritage Centre

What we do

Our Mission is to encourage, strengthen, and promote the appreciation and knowledge of the historical and cultural heritage of the Town of Kentville and its environs.

We’ve had several successful projects over the past several years. One was the production, in collaboration with Acadia University, of three historical Interpretative Boards. Currently they are in the windows of the Heritage Centre and feature the MacKay Car, the Sanatorium, and the Sand Hill of Kentville. Another project has been Oral interviews of longtime residents sharing their stories and memories of life as it once was in Kentville. These interviews are available in printed form at our Heritage Centre.