By Kirk Starratt
Sometimes it’s worth a diversion from the beaten path if it means discovering a gem like the Prescott House and Garden Museum in Starr’s Point.
Senior interpreter Diana Baldwin said they’ve been averaging about 2,000 visitors per year, but sometimes the museum is overlooked because of its location on Starr’s Point Road, off Highway 358.
However, everyone who visits the museum and gardens seems to “absolutely love it,” she says. Feedback is always positive and Baldwin said the museum is a great enticement to get visitors and area residents to explore the outlying Port Williams area.
“People can do more than just visit the museum,” Baldwin said.
Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll in the museum’s elaborate gardens or enjoy a picnic. It’s a great place for cyclists to stop for a rest and enjoy their surroundings and Baldwin said the grounds provide a beautiful backdrop for weddings.
Baldwin said there is a lot on the go at the museum this summer in terms of special events, exhibits and programs. In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Annapolis Valley Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) will be hosting “Tea at Three: A Garden Party” fundraiser June 16 at 3 p.m. The rain date is June 23 at 3 p.m.
There will also be a royalty exhibit at Prescott House until Aug. 1. Baldwin said museum staff has been busy going through the collection to find items for display.
“The Prescott sisters were great supporters of the monarchy,” Baldwin said. “This is an opportunity to view some of their collection of royal memorabilia.”
The annual strawberry social takes place July 17 from 2-4 p.m. Baldwin said visitors are invited to enjoy an afternoon in the garden with music, homemade strawberry shortcake and a guided tour of the museum. The event costs $5.
Prescott House’s popular children’s workshops return on Wednesdays throughout July and August with a variety of activities for children age five and up. Workshops include “A Day in the Life of the Prescott Children”, “Prescott Pirates”, “Prescott Nature Detectives” and more. The cost is $7 per child per workshop and pre-registration is required by calling the museum at 542-3984. Baldwin said they expect the workshops to be well attended. Spaces fill quickly, so parents are encouraged to register early.
“Parents have said their children learn so much and we make it fun for them,” Baldwin said. “We put a lot of thought and creativity into putting together a program that’s both fun and educational.”
The exhibit “Illustrations from the 19th and 20th Century” runs from Aug. 4 to 31. On exhibit for the first time will be illustrations from the library collection of Mary Allison Prescott. Baldwin said, whenever they go through books in the Prescott collection, she notices beautiful illustrations she feels should be on view to the public. Baldwin expects the exhibit to have wide appeal.
For more information on the museum and upcoming events at Prescott House, visit www.prescott.museum.gov.ns.ca.