Museum hoping to attract visitors with weekly tea and sweets

John Brannen
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NEW GLASGOW – With the warm summer months comes the opening of museums throughout the county.

Catherine Gray of Westville enjoys a cup of tea during teatime at the Carmichael-Stewart House in New Glasgow Tuesday. A classics major at St. Mary’s University, Gray is the summer student guide for the museum and hostess for the museum’s teatimes each Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome to these free events. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS

The Carmichael-Stewart House in New Glasgow is once again using traditional methods to encourage visits to the museum.

They’re hoping a visit will be your cup of tea.

Each Tuesday until the end of the summer, the museum will host teatime with sweets from 1 to 3 p.m.

Lynn MacLean, a past president of the Pictou County Historical Society, noted that the initiative started two years ago.

“It’s a very nice social time,” she said. “Have your tea in fancy teacups with things like oatcakes and sit and enjoy the sunroom.”

She said it’s a great opportunity for locals and tourists to come together and socialize while bringing them into the museum.

So far, things have been fairly quiet at the large, white Victorian-era house on Temperance Street. Once the summer gets underway and word spreads of the teatime, MacLean said the museum can expect crowds of 15 to 20 people.

Built in 1880 by James W. Carmichael, the house was a wedding present for his son, James M. Carmichael and his wife. They had three daughters and the eldest, Maria, married R. B. Stewart. Once her parents passed away, Maria and her husband lived in house until the late 1950s. They had no children and when he passed away, the residence was left to the Town of New Glasgow. Its day-to-day operations fall on the Pictou County Historical Society.

MacLean said while the house is located in New Glasgow, the items and artifacts are representative of the whole county.

Before the museum’s opening for the season, there was some maintenance done to the building.

“The town looks after the maintenance and they deemed the roof needed to be replaced.”

The house also boasts a historic garden that would have been typical of the Victorian time period. The Frank Calder Garden is named for a past president of the historical society who had great interest in the gardening. The society maintains the garden and the gazebo.

Each teatime on Tuesday, you can expect to see the Carmichael-Stewart House’s summer student guide Catherine Gray of Westville. A second year university student, Gray is studying the classics at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn 

Organizations: Carmichael-Stewart House, Pictou County Historical Society, University in Halifax

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Temperance Street, Mary

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