Built circa 1905, the Chester Train Station a community landmark, located off North Street and Smith Road is the home of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society. It was a full service station built by Sir William MacKenzie and Donald Mann for their Halifax and South Western Railway Company, and became part of the Canadian Railways in 1918.
Today, the Station 20 Handcraft Shoppe and Museum occupy the station. The Heritage Society’s co-operative shop features handmade products from over 30 plus local Nova Scotian artisans and continues to welcome crafters to join them. The artisans have created a wonderful collection of Antique and Handmade items such as: hooked rugs, knitted socks, mittens, sweaters, fine woodturning and woodworking, antique furniture, paintings by local artists, soaps, gift cards, sewing, quilting, driftwood and beach glass creations, to name a few. A must see while visiting Chester, the friendly staff can guide you, as there is a Tourist and Visitors Center on site.
With the allure of treasure hunting, visitors can view The Explore Oak Island Display, which is the area’s oldest Oak Island display. The exhibit displays artifacts, information, and photographs about the world’s longest-running treasure hunt.
The Forman Hawboldt exhibit, adjacent to the station features a display of pumps and other machines manufactured and designed by Mr. Hawboldt. He is credited with developing the make-and-break engine which heralded the demise of the sail powered fishing boats in our area and the world.
Chester Farmer’s Market during the summer season runs every Friday from 9AM – 12:30PM.