The Chester Municipal Heritage Society (CMHS) was established in 1980 to promote and cultivate awareness of the unique heritage of the Municipality of the District of Chester for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations through the preservation of historically significant properties and the delivery of educational programming.
The Artists/Artisans database reflects our commitment to the talented people who reside in the Municipality showcasing their talents and promoting them through the world wide web.
Another endeavour of CMHS is the development of Lordly Estate Municipal Museum located in the village of Chester. This village block contains Lordly House and Maple Cottage, the first municipal office, now almost completely restored, a children's playground, a skating and games berm, park and wet land areas, all available to the general public. We also offer a C@P site (free public computer access) in two locations within the village.
CMHS also maintains the Chester Train Station which houses the Chester Tourist Bureau, a gallery for local artists and artisans and new this summer, an Oak Island display. A program, "Trade in Time", has been developed as part of our outreach to the schools. This program uses local artifacts to teach students about their history and that of the Municipality. We also offer a Space Camp in the summer months for young children.
Currently we are researching and developing a permanent display for the museum which will feature the, "American Connection". Winter programs for the local community are offered each month. A database of heritage properties within the Municipality is also being compiled as are obituaries, news clippings, genealogies and other municipal information.