Barrington Woolen Mill Museum

Months of Operation

June 1 - September 30

Hours Of Operation



2368 Highway 3, Barrington, South Shore


Samantha Brannen, Director

T: 902-637-2185



The Barrington Woolen Mill was a thriving producer of woolens in the late 19th and early 20th century when life in rural Nova Scotia required warm durable clothing. Powered by a water-driven turbine, the mill washed, picked, carded, spun, dyed and wove the wool. See the machinery that transformed raw fleece into yarn and cloth, and listen to the stories about the lives of the local mill workers. Imagine the steady rhythms of the spinner, twister, carder, skeiner, picker and loom that once were powered by the Barrington River's rushing water.

Guests are encouraged to try carding, spinning and weaving wool and watch the interpretive guides as they wash and dye locally sourced wool by hand.

A woolen mural from the Cape Sable Historical Society collection that is on display includes the first piece of Nova Scotia tartan, designed and woven by Bessie Murray.

This museum site is a part of four-site complex, all within walking distance of each other along the scenic Barrington River.

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Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Gift shop
Picnic tables
Wheelchair accessible

Detailed Information

This property accepts Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
Admission: Admission charged.