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 

The Museum operates on a seasonal basis from June to September.  Specific opening and closing dates will be updated here each season.

The Old Courthouse Museum is closed for the 2019 season.

It will reopen for the 2020 season in early June 2020.

During the off- season appointments can be arranged by sending an email to


Summer Hours (June – August)
  • Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  Fall Hours (September)
  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

During the Off-Season appointments can be arranged by sending an email to

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

Interred Within The Pioneers of Guysborough

Interred Within documents the history of those in one of Nova Scotia’s oldest cemeteries. Researched by various authors over a period of four years, it tells the stories of 47 pioneers of Guysborough. Included are:

Rev. Peter De La Roche, the first Rector, who provided clerical services to all regardless of race, religion and class at a time when slavery was still legal and before Catholic emancipation.

Daniel Aikens, ordinary seaman, who served aboard HMS Temeraire at the Battle of Trafalgar, who’s ship turned the tide of battle.

. . . and 44 others whose biographies will appeal to historians, genealogists and those who just want a good read!


Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada

The Guysborough Historical Society recently purchased Terrence M. Punch’s 4 volumes titled Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada.  Volumes  I and II cover the years 1761 – 1853, Volume III encompasses 1751 – 1858, and Volume IV up to 1863.  These volumes were written using a variety of sources to identify as many Irish pioneers in Atlantic Provinces of Canada as possible and disclose where they came from in the Old Country.  These volumes are available in our research room during regular hours for those seeking to discover more about the Irish settlers who came to and through Atlantic Canada in those years.

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.