Here’s a cultural outing the whole family will love! In one afternoon, you can relive the past in Knowlton, the historic heart of Brome Lake, and learn how people in the region lived in the early 19th century.
The Brome County Museum comprises several historical buildings: the Old Fire Hall; the Children’s Museum; the War Museum (Martin Annex), which houses a World War I biplane in perfect condition and the largest collection of artifacts outside the Canadian War Museum; the former County Court House, built in 1858; the old Knowlton Academy; and the log cabin that belonged to Paul Holland Knowlton, the village’s founder. A short drive from Knowlton, on the western shore of Brome Lake, you can also visit the Tibbits Hill Pioneer Schoolhouse.
Young and not-so-young alike will enjoy the Children’s Museum, which recreates the daily life of families in the 1800s with a series of interactive exhibitions. Make dinner in the farm kitchen, raise a barn, tend to the vegetable garden or weave on a loom. You can also shop at the general store, sort mail in the post office and visit the print shop.
The Centennial Building, built in 1967, houses the ticket office, a gift shop, a small exhibition room and the offices of the Brome County Historical Society.
May 19 to October 31
Every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must arrive before 4 p.m.
The Court House and Tibbits Hill Schoolhouse are open on Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
November 1 to May 18
The Centennial Building is open Mondays to Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Children’s Museum is open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission (taxes included)
Seniors and students: $5
Children (16 years and under): $2
Family package (2 adults and 2 children): $20