Dorchester, NB, is home to two living museums and many opportunities to experience early life in New Brunswick first hand. Both are located right downtown at 4974 and 4967 Main Street.
At Keillor House Museum, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides dressed in period clothing take you on a journey into a colourful corner of New Brunswick’s past.
Try your own hand at spinning and weaving at St. James Textile Museum, where expert spinners and weavers demonstrate these important domestic arts of days gone by. See an exceptional collection of domestic tools.
Combine your museum tours with our Needle and Thread for the Bed workshop and learn to make a quilt block.
The Keillor Coach House includes a unique penitentiary collection – a glimpse into the early activities of inmates, both legal and illegal, at Dorchester Penitentiary.
Genealogical and historical materials related to Dorchester and the south east region of New Brunswick can be accessed at the Graydon Milton Library and Genealogy Centre in Keillor House – useful to researchers, writers and genealogists.
Cap off your visit to this historic Shiretown with a homemade meal at The Bell Inn, one of five historic properties owned by the Westmorland Historical Society.
Please note: Keillor House Museum and St. James Textile Museums open June 20 with safety procedures in place. Details at Hours and Admission.