Canada Post Building

Under Construction in 1902

A Bustling Waterfront

In the Early 1900s

Guysborough Historical Society

Founded in 1973, the Guysborough Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization created to preserve the history of Guysborough County.

In 1976 the Society restored the old Court House in Guysborough to create a community museum to exhibit objects that help illustrate the story of Guysborough County and its people, and accommodate a visitor information centre for tourists to the area.  



Hours of Operation 2019 Season

  • Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Open Weekends: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Historical Society Executive meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM (winter weather permitting)

Our Historic Walking Tour is open all year.

Genealogical Research Services

The Guysborough Historical Society offers genealogical research services. Research requests may be made by contacting the Old Court House Museum from June to the first of October.

Find more information about our research services click here.

Museum News

Laurier C. Grant Book reprinted

Recollections of a Life in Guysborough - Laurier C. GrantLaurier C. Grant’s book titled “RECOLLECTIONS OF A LIFE IN GUYSBOROUGH” has been reprinted and is available for purchase.  Laurier began writing sometime in the late 1970’s in order to, in his own words, “…attempt to put in writing a condensed genealogy of my parents’ families as well as excerpts from my experiences during my long life in Nova Scotia…”.  The book provides an entertaining and informative perspective both relating to his family and significant times in the history of Guysborough.



Dr. Buckley’s Archive

In 2018, the museum acquired a digital copy of Dr. Buckley’s medical archive.
It is available for researchers in the museum.