The Kings County

“As the most prosperous part of the whole Acadian country in French times, and as the scene of conspicuous events at the tragical period of the Acadian expulsion, King’s County, Nova Scotia, will always have a wider interest for the world than is possible with most rural localities.”
Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, “The History of Kings County”

Kings County was created in 1759, as were the townships of Cornwallis and Horton. It was not until 1770 that the Township of Aylesford was created, being made up of parts of Cornwallis and Horton. All three townships were disolved in 1779. The town of Kentville was incorporated in 1886, the town of Wolfville in 1893 and the town of Berwick in 1926.

The Kings Historical Society, established in 1978, acquired the near century old Kings County Courthouse and renovated it so that it could be used as a county museum. This courthouse was the seat of justice and municipal government from 1903 to 1980. The Society provides ongoing administrative and financial support to the museum.

To preserve and promote the cultural and natural history of Kings County for present and future generations.

The Kings Historical Society meets at the Museum the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm (no meetings during June, July or August.) Guest speakers are featured each month, refreshments are served and the public is invited to attend.

The Community and Family History Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm on the Museum’s lower level.

Winter hours; September 1 to June 30

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Monday to Saturday.

Summer hours; July 1 to August 31

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Seven Days a week.

Please note – hours may change due to weather or issues beyond our control.