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Parking: on the West Side of Victoria Ave. beside the Museum, and on Main St. by Willow Park.

Open hours May 28 – August 26 : 10 am – 5 pm,Tuesday to Saturday, and 1 pm – 5 pm on Sunday, closed Monday. From August 27th to October 9th – open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Admission is free or by donation

Our Summer of Trains was a big success and attracted a lot of attention. Thanks for everyone who came out and supported our 2016 project! Randall House has now closed for the season but we are already planning big things for next summer. In the meantime –

Wolfville Historical Society presents:

David Mossman, speaker



On October 19, 2016, from 2 – 4 pm, at St John’s Anglican Church, 164 Main Street, Wolfville.
In 1921, Prohibition in the U.S. banned the manufacture, transport and sale of intoxicating liquor. However, successfuly policing the entire coastline of the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Great Lakes was impossible and, in Eastern Canada, the door opened for fishermen to become rum runners.
The returns for a life of smuggling – excitement, drama, big payoffs and fast cars – were there for those who dared. And David Mossman’s uncle Teddy, Captain Winfred “Spinney” Spindler, certainly dared. Mossman draws on his uncle’s actual experience from 1923 to 1938, along with Canadian history, to bring the story of rum running to life.
David Mossman, born in Rose Bay, Lunenburg, was a geologist and professor emeritus at Mount Allison University, N.B. His first book {about his father} was Going Over: A Nova Scotian Soldier in World War I


The Wolfville Historical Society is a partner in the upcoming symposium at Acadia University’s Fountain Commons, entitled “To Do Our Share”: The African Canadian Experience in WW1 starting this Friday evening and continuing through Saturday evening.

“To Do Our Share”: The African Canadian Experience in WW1 honours the service of the Reverend William A. White, who was Acadia’s second Black graduate, and the No. 2 Construction Battalion. Reverend White was the only African Canadian commissioned officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The No. 2 Construction Battalion, the members of which were initially refused by recruitment officers on discriminatory grounds, petitioned government officials and politicians until they were finally permitted to enlist in 1916 in the nation’s only segregated unit. They provided essential support to the war effort in England and France, but after the conflict was over were often denied military honours owed to them for their courageous service.

Some wonderful speakers are coming. On Friday night Anthony Sherwood is screening Honour Before Glory based on his great-uncle Reverend William A. White’s war diaries, and on Saturday three panels of speakers will present new information about African Canadian service in the Great War. There is a pop-up museum sponsored by the Nova Scotia Museums, where descendants of veterans can have documents, letters, parts of uniforms and medals relevant to WW 1 service digitized on the spot, so students, teachers, members of the public and the community can learn more about their ancestors’ service.Symposium-Poster-V2

There will be a student poster session and book signings, including one by James St. George Walker whose new volume celebrates the life of Rocky Jones, and by Lindsay Ruck who wrote a book about her grandfather, Calvin Ruck whose own research did so much to add to our knowledge of the No. 2 Construction Battalion.
For more details and registration see

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THE MONA PARSONS Project. After a Wolfville, Nova Scotia childhood, Parsons became a ‑1920’s New York chorus girl,a Depression-era nurse, the wife of a Dutch millionaire, an underground worker in the resistance, a prisoner of the Nazis, and an emaciated fugitive who walked across Nazi Germany in the dying months of World War .
Canada has never done anything to recognize or honour this brave Canadian—the only Canadian, female civilian to have been imprisoned by the Nazis. So members of the Women of Wolfville and the Wolfville Historical Society have quietly begun fund raising to erect a statue in Parsons’ memory. For more information click here.



Memorial Book

Our Civic Memorial book has entries for prominent Wolfville citizens who are historically important to the town, and have provenance to the Historical Society. The entire list of entries is online and viewable by clicking the link above.  


Web Nova Muse

You can browse our collection of over three thousand artefacts on NovaMuse. What is NovaMuse? A collection of collections – A system to connect collections with the public — A place to share your knowledge or memory of an artefact. Many of our entries also contain pictures, so you can visit objects that may not be on display in our exhibits at the museum!

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The Historical Society publishes quarterly newsletters for our membership and beyond. Browse our archive for historical information, and updates on the society’s recent doings!

A catalogue is available for our 2014 special exhibit “1914- War Comes to Wolfville”. View HERE


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Town of Wolfville and the Nova Scotia Government, Department of Communities Culture and Heritage for the support of Randall House Museum and the activities of the Wolfville Historical Society.