Stroll Down Memory Lane
Do you remember what it
was like growing up in the 1940's? Or do you ever wonder what everyday life was like for
your parents or grandparents? Well, now you can take a stroll through the Memory Lane
Heritage Village and experience fully an era which was less than a lifetime ago, but was
drastically different from life today. Located in Lake Charlotte, Nova Scotia, Memory Lane
portrays rural life as it was between 1940 and 1950.
a Decade of Transition
The decade from 1940 to
1950 was a period of transition, a time of war and peace, and a time when new technologies
would start to change rural life forever. Although Canada was essentially an urban society
by this time, some villages, such as Lake Charlotte, were sufficiently distant from the
urban areas that changes were slow to arrive, and it was possible to have older ways of
life alongside more modern ones.
Remarkably Recreated Village
Located on a four acre
site, this living history museum features rescued buildings from the surrounding area, all
of which were built before 1950, together with a variety of accurately replicated
buildings. The buildings cover most facets of village life during this era including a
general store, church, one room schoolhouse, garage, workshop, cookhouse, wooden boat
building shop and a homestead with a house, barn, icehouse and outhouse. There is even a
small gold mining operation!
Each of the buildings is located in a natural
setting and all are within easy walking distance of one another. As you stroll through the
village, feel free to ask the appropriately dressed "residents" questions as
they go about their dally chores, keeping in mind that they will not know much about
television, computers, the internet or even Man landing on the moon.
Upon your arrival at
Memory Lane Heritage Village, you will step back in time by entering through Hoskin's
Store which is fully stocked with merchandise from the era. Some of the merchandise will
be for sale with prices in 1950 dollars as well as current prices. Here you will pay your
entrance fee and purchase your meal tickets for the cookhouse.
The Cookhouse will serve
traditional meals from the era including soups, stews, chowders, relish, pies, cookies,
tea, coffee and of course, delicious homemade bread. The menu will be on a rotational
basis with three regular menus and a special Sunday menu.
The Cookhouse is open from 11 am to 8 pm. Please call for off season days and hours.
Wandering around the
village you will pass the Imperial Oil garage, complete with pumps, where you may
encounter the local mechanic working on a 1945 pick-up truck. If you're lucky, you may get
a ride up to the homestead, but don't forget to stop at the one-room schoolhouse and small
When you reach the
Irvine Webber homestead, you may be welcomed by the smell of freshly baked bread and the
sound of the radio with music and news reports from the era. Stroll through the house and
browse through the latest Eaton's catalogue. Mrs. Webber may be able to chat, unless she
is on the telephone switchboards in one of the rooms of the house. Mr. Webber can probably
be found in the barn feeding the animals, working in the garden or workshop, or he may be
working for a few days at the boat shop or even at the gold mine's ball mill just over the
Area Heritage Society
Box 1937 Lake Charlotte,
Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia B0J 1Y0
Phone: (902) 845-1937 Fax: (902) 845-2477