DIGBY, N.S. - The Admiral Digby Museum is no longer operating during regular hours for the winter but the building has not shut its doors to the public.
Gail Hersey, president of the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society, said the museum will remain open one day a week on Tuesdays.
“We are hosting the Smith’s Cove Hookers group – they’re making rugs,” she said. “So the rug hookers will be there every Tuesday during January.”
Appointments to visit the museum can be made during the winter by contacting Hersey at 902-245-2190 or the museum at 902-245-6322.
The museum’s new curator is Kody Theriault who began work last July. He will be at the museum every Tuesday and the museum’s Sue Beard will also be working one day a week.
The museum hosted a Christmas party on Dec. 3 and then closed its regular hours after that event. Hersey said the building will reopen in March after several renovations are done inside the building.
“We haven’t specifically set a date yet because we are having our gift shop renovated,” she said concerning the opening date. “This is new wiring, new drywall…and also insulation because that is a very old building.”
According to the Admiral Digby Museum Facebook page, the Georgian-style building housing the museum was constructed in the mid 1800’s. One of the oldest structures in the Town of Digby, it is named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby, Officer in the Royal Navy, who was in charge of arranging vessels and captains for the distribution of Loyalists from New York in 1783-1784.
The building started off as a residence and then housed a library in the 1960s. The museum was founded in 1972.
The building is comprised of a museum, genealogy/archives section and gift shop. The museum features period rooms containing artefacts, and archives that relate to the interesting Maritime and pioneer history of Digby Town/Digby County, its people and industries.
Hersey concluded that museums are an important service in any community and she encourages residents to take advantage of the information and knowledge it provides.
“It houses the history and artifacts and important documents for the Town of Digby and for the Municipality of Digby. If we should loose our museum, it would be a very large hole left in the community,” said Hersey.