Jost Heritage House - Sydney, Nova Scotia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 46° 08.618 W 060° 11.925
20T E 716341 N 5113821
Quick Description: Now a museum, Jost Heritage House is an eighteenth-century building located at 54 Charlotte Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Posted: 7/22/2022 11:21:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM16FMQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MikeGolfJ3
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Long Description:
Once the home of a prominent merchant, Jost Heritage House (c 1786) located in Sydney on Cape Breton Island, shows the evolution of a wooden dwelling over the course of three centuries.

The museum features displays on local marine life, Cape Breton history and a reconstructed apothecary. A gift shop is on site with small collectibles as well as a variety of other souvenir items.

Jost House offers you another era, yours to explore and enjoy!
This house is one of the oldest wooden structures in Sydney’s historic North End. The building illustrates an important local theme of change in this area of our city: an evolution from commercial use to commercial/residential and then to purely residential use.

Samuel Sparrow, merchant and ship owner possessed the property from 1786 to 1787. The basement has been restored to his original 18th century kitchen with a cooking fireplace, a separate beehive bake-oven and an overhead ceiling plastered between the supporting beams. The museum collects historical artifacts for this area, and research on the Sparrow era in the house, and on his relationship with Governor DesBarres, is continuous.

Thomas Jost, a Halifax merchant, bought the property in 1836 and his descendants remained there until 1971. Historical artifacts for the ground floor bedroom, parlour, dining room and store (until 1853) are being collected. In the early 1900s, the roof was raised and the second floor extended to included bedrooms and bath. Here, the museum exhibits collections primarily assembled by prominent Cape Bretoners and other local contributors. Dr. J. Esmonde Cooke’s collection in our Apothecary room preserves an assortment of medicinals and apparatus used in the making of medicine in the early 20th century. The Victorian room has items donated by Dorothy Sutherland, the most notable of these being a shawl that was given to her great grandmother by Queen Victoria. The Jost Family Room has many items donated by the Josts. There is also a family history and a map of the local area from the mid-19th century, which lists the names of many people living in the area at that time. The Marine room is dedicated to our benefactor, Joan Harriss, who was primarily responsible for our museum. She also strongly campaigned for promoting Cape Breton as a tourism destination and port of call for cruise ships, which greatly helps sustain the museum today. The Marine room reflects our maritime heritage with a display of historical texts and artifacts, as well as a collection of model vessels, including the Caribou, one of the Newfoundland ferries connected to Cape Breton’s World War II history.

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Street Address:
54 Charlotte Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Food Court: no

Gift Shop: yes

Hours of Operation:
June 1st to Sept 1st 9-5 Monday to Saturday, Sundays: closed; September 2nd to Oct 31st Monday to Saturday 10-4 Sundays: closed; Open all cruise ship days

Cost: 3.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Small

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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