Barrington Woolen Mill Museum - Historic Places Days

Barrington Woolen Mill Museum

Barrington, Nova Scotia
2368 NS-3, Barrington, NS, Canada
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10-4:30pm, Monday to Saturday, June 1 to September 30

In the 1800s, the Barrington Woolen Mill was an important local business that used machinery and water power to turn raw fleece into the yarn and cloth needed to make warm, durable clothing.

Powered by the mill’s rushing river, machines like the spinner, twister, skeiner, and loom made it possible to wash, pick, card, spin, dye and weave wool in a fraction of the time it took to do by hand.


Today, visitors can step inside the preserved mill and discover how small manufacturing operations like this helped shape Nova Scotia by offering growing communities valuable services and jobs. Visitors are encouraged to try some of the textile production skills, such as carding, weaving, and spinning being interpreted by our staff!


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

You can see where Josephine Ferguson scratched her initials into a window pane in the loom room along with those of her betrothed.

Women weren’t permitted to be on the second floor where the spinning mule is located so that they would not potentially distract the men working.


2368 NS-3, Barrington, NS, Canada
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