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Argyle Township Court House & Gaol

8168 Hwy 3, Tusket, Nova Scotia B0W 3M0, Canada
+1 902-648-2493
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This a fun and informative place to visit!

This is the oldest standing courthouse and jail still standing in Canada. There is a guided tour... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
802darak
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Toronto, Canada
worth a visit

This is a very interesting historical spot--oldest standing courthouse and jail in Canada! Seeing... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2016
Karen V
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Miami, Florida
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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)
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22 Aug 2017
“This a fun and informative place to visit!”
31 Mar 2016
“worth a visit”
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8168 Hwy 3, Tusket, Nova Scotia B0W 3M0, Canada
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is a very interesting historical spot--oldest standing courthouse and jail in Canada! Seeing the restored courtroom and jail was a treat!

1  Thank Karen V
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

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...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2015

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...More

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

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...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

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...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Tusket Courthouse is one of those little gems worth visiting--Canada's oldest courthouse and jail, beautifully restored and presented to the public.

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

This is the oldest court house and jail in Canada and well worth a visit. Tusket is a charming little village, and this historical charmer encapsulates the unique history of Nova Scotia!

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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Little did we know that we would find Canada's oldest standing courthouse (and a jail) in the picturesque village of Tusket. This wooden structure is open to the public and has been lovingly restored. There's also a genealogical archive. It's definitely worth visiting, and is...More

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