Argyle Township Court House & Gaol

Argyle Township Court House & Gaol

Argyle Township Court House & Gaol
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Argyle Township Court House & Gaol is Canada's oldest standing courthouse, built in the village of Tusket, Nova Scotia in 1805. It operated as a working courthouse and jail from 1805 until 1944. The building served as the Municipal Offices for the Municipality of Argyle from 1945 until 1976. In 1982, the building was partially restored and re-opened as a museum and historic site and in 2005, was officially declared a National Historic Site. The Argyle Township Court House Archives was established in 1983 and became the first Municipal Archives in Nova Scotia. The archives was formed around the large body of municipal records that remained in the Argyle Township Court House when the Municipal Offices removed from the building in 1976. The archives continued to operate from the Court House from 1983 to 2006. In 2000, the Argyle Municipality Historical & Genealogical Society took the bold move of purchasing the former Seventh-Day Adventist church building located on the property to the south of the Court House. The municipal archives now sit in this building. Farmers Market takes place in the big white tent between the two buildings, from June until the end of August, Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm. Hours: Museum - July & Aug - Open Daily, 9am-5pm June, Sept, Aug - Open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm (closed 12pm-1pm) Archives - Open Year Round, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm (closed 12pm-1pm)
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,523 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It took us less than fifteen minutes to visit the Canada's oldest standing courthouse, built in the village of Tusket, Nova Scotia in 1805. The jail was also attached to it in the old days. Interesting historical spot.
Written August 31, 2021
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590marlat
Northeastern Ontario, Canada15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Interesting little building with a lot of the original furniture and law books. Our guide was very well informed.
Written July 23, 2018
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Blair M
Halifax, Canada213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
One never knows what sites you may come across when you venture off the normal path. For us, we were on vacation and driving through the Tusket area when we came across this historical site. The restoration is excellent and quite a sight to see what things we like many years ago. This site is not wheelchair friendly, but is worth the visit.
Written July 21, 2018
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Dara K
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
This is the oldest standing courthouse and jail still standing in Canada. There is a guided tour that is only $4 for a family. Can't beat that! The tour guide certainly seemed to know his stuff. Very interesting demonstration and information about what being in jail was like 200 years ago. We were allowed to enter the cells and there was also a "prisoner" in there to good effect. The guide had stories of some of those who had been jailed there. Similarly, the courthouse upstairs was in the same condition as last used. We were able to sit in some of the areas, such as where the jury would sit. There was even a book showing all the judges who had chaired sessions there, and an interesting story about the last case to be dealt with.
Written August 22, 2017
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Karen V
Miami, FL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
This is a very interesting historical spot--oldest standing courthouse and jail in Canada! Seeing the restored courtroom and jail was a treat!
Written March 31, 2016
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heatherandrews
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
This was a great place to go and see a relic from the court system past. It is the oldest courthouse and gaol with lots of original furniture and pictures. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. We stopped here on our way to the Hatfield House.
Written September 14, 2015
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NeilP451
Caledon, Canada231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We stopped here to see the oldest combination Court House and Gaol in Canada. A tour by one of the tour guides provided a lot more detail than was available in the printed material. She explained who was incarcerated, and how they were treated. She then took us up the court room and showed us around the upper floor along with commentary.
Written July 24, 2015
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Carin F
London, Canada44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Canada's oldest courthouse and jail is quite a unique spot to visit. It was only $4 for the three of us to get in and that included an excellent tour guide. Includes a collection of law books from over 100 years ago. Would definitely recommend checking this place out!
Written August 17, 2014
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Lynn S
Tusket, Canada101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
This is the oldest courthouse and gaol (jail) in Canada. The guides give an interesting tour in English or French of both the old fashioned court and the prison cells. At the rear of the building is a gift shop "The Cell" with locally made crafts and quilts. Next door in an old converted church are the Argyle Archives which have excellent facilities for research including family history. During the summer months there is a large tent between the two buildings which hosts a farm and artisan market each Thursday afternoon and evening.
Written August 4, 2014
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Alan C
on the road again9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
The Tusket Courthouse is one of those little gems worth visiting--Canada's oldest courthouse and jail, beautifully restored and presented to the public.
Written May 29, 2014
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