Place Category: Museums and interpretive centres
The Avon Heritage Museum and Avon Spirit Shipyard in Newport Landing are located on the scenic shores of the Avon River. The Avon River area became one of the great square-rigged wooden shipbuilding centres in Nova Scotia in the 19th Century. Where the museum now sits in Newport Landing was once the location of the Harvie and Mosher shipyards; between them, they built and launched 165 sailing ships during the “Golden Age of Sail”.
Within the museum building is the Planters Sea Chest Gift Shop, modelled after a late 18th century general store, complete with a display case hand carved by a local ship builder. The gift shop features a wide variety of handmade products, all crafted by local Nova Scotian Artists and Artisans.
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