The Eastern Shore Archives was founded in 2003 in response to the need to preserve the records of the Hosking General Store which had been donated to the Heritage Society when the building was dismantled. The Archives is located in the former Upper Lakeville Community Hall. The hall is one of the local buildings moved to the Heritage Village where it was authentically restored on the exterior and renovated on the interior to create a modern archival facility.
The Archives is the only formally recognized community institutional archive (as defined by the formal admission process of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives) east of Dartmouth within eastern Halifax Regional Municipality. It has achieved peer recognition for its establishment and is actively supported by local genealogists.
In 2003, and again in 2009, the Genealogy and Archives Research Centre was the recipient of the Council Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA) Carman V. Carroll Award for outstanding achievement in archival preservation. The Archives has worked hard to create a secure and safe environment for the records of the Eastern Shore, having installed an Inergen Fire Suppression System; heat, fire and security detection systems; and a climate control system.
The Archives provides reference services, but also carries out research initiatives in the community, including photo scanning and documentation, oral history recordings, and preservation assistance and advice to other local historical societies.
The Eastern Shore Archives is staffed by volunteers and it is always best to call in advance to make sure a staff person is available to help you. Generally, the archives is open one day a week throughout the year, but these days can vary, so call in advance to set up an appointment.
Hours of Operation:
June 15 – September 15: Open one day a week, call for an appointment. Often open on special events days.
September 16 – June 14: Open one day a week, call for an appointment.
All open hours are subject to change. Please call or email to confirm hours of operation. We welcome requests to do research by appointment.
The archives has an active Facebook site where we post photographs and history items, and where researchers can post a request from our other Facebook subscribers.