Chapel Hill Museum & Sea Tower

Record #: BAR0055
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021
Last Full Update: 02 Jul 2014


Located In Municipality of the District Barrington
Where To Find Us
5492 Hwy 3
Shag Harbour, NS B0W 3B0
Areas Served Shelburne County


Phone Phone: 902-723-2344 
902-723-2899 from September 16-June 14)
Contact Eric Shand, President, Chapel Hill Historical Society; Phone: 902-723-2344; Email:
Alternate Contact Carlene Adams, Secretary/Treasurer, Chapel Hill Historical Society; Phone: * 902-723-2899
Mailing Address c/o Chapel Hill Museum 
PO Box 70 
Shag Harbour, NS B0W 3B0

Description & Services

Chapel Hill Museum is located in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. Chapel Hill was formerly a United Baptist Church built in 1856 on the site of the Acadian Trading Post, Le Vieux Logis. Chapel Hill has been a museum since 1980. 
Come and learn more about Gilbert Nickerson, "The Old Chairmaker," who made the wreckwood chair from pieces of wood retrieved from various shipwrecks, including the legendary Titanic! Gilbert is only one part of our interesting shipwreck display. 
Another famous local is Evelyn Richardson, Governor General Award winning author of We Keep a Light. Come see pictures and learn more about life on Bon Portage Island. We also have several of her books for sale. 
Another island of interest is Stoddart's Island, site of a murder and a potential nuclear power plant. This is one display certainly worth reading. 
Did you know that U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Shag Harbour twice? Learn about this exciting event from the eyes of the locals who were there! 
Finish your tour with a climb up the old bell tower steps to our Sea Tower and gaze out the windows at the breath taking panoramic view of Shag Harbour. There are three lighthouses visible from the tower and they are Bon Portage, West Head and Cape Light. 
We also have displays on household items, tools, The Sons of Temperance, and the fishing industry. 
We have several new additions to our museum including quilts, pedal cars and enlarged photos! 
All this and more at Chapel Hill! 
The museum has changed a lot in recent years...for the better! Come visit! We look forward to seeing you soon :).
Hours 10am to 5pm
Dates We are open June 15-September 15
Meetings The first Tuesday of each month 7 pm. At the Shag Harbour Community Hall,with the exception of Jan. No meeting is held.