A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the museum to a group of visitors from Texas. Very nice folk and quite insistent that they had never seen such an amazing and well-preserved array of artifacts and buildings. They told me it was just by luck that they noticed the Victory Cannons from the highway and decided to stop for a photo. One of the ladies exclaimed, "Can you imagine my surprise when I turned away from the cannons and there, right in front of me, was a beautiful display of heritage buildings in all their glory!" She grabbed me by the elbow and stared at me with her wide blue eyes and said, "You do realize what a jewel you have here!"
A day later, a young couple with their two kids wanted a quick tour of the old Gaol and the Courthouse. Of course, once the kids were hooked with the tales of the rectory and gaol, we toured the exhibits in the Exhibition Hall. While the kids were exploring, the dad pulled me aside and shared, "I've been driving back and forth from Riverside Albert on a daily basis for years. I never knew that this museum was so large and full of stories. This is like...a hidden gem in the heart of Albert County! I've got to tell more people about this place." It's moments like this that I know I love my job.
So, maybe you've been to the museum and it's time for a return visit. Or maybe you never realized there are six acres of land with historic buildings dating back to the 1800s, each with a story ready to be told. Stories of pirates and a Prime Minister, of war heroes and murder so foul. Stories of the People of the Tides, the people who made Albert County.
Come discover the gem in the heart of Albert County. I would be pleased to spin a tale or two.
Our next special event at the Museum is one of the most popular of the season. Mark your calendars and set reminders in your smart phones for Thursday, August 16 at 2:00 pm, when we will host a
delightful afternoon Royalty Tea in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. You must purchase your tickets in
advance at the Museum's
Library / Gift Shop. They are $15 each and only 80 tickets are available, so be sure to get yours early. This wonderful event 'historically' (yes, pun intended) tends to sell out.
The Albert County Museum is located at 3940 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, NB.
The Museum is open 9:30 - 5:30 seven days a week until Labour Day weekend.
Article and photos contributed by Dan Ross, Manager and Curator of the Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Commemorative Centre.