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Argyle Township Court House & Gaol

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Interesting little building with a lot of the original furniture and law books. Our guide was very... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Northeastern Ontario, Canada
Truly worth the visit

One never knows what sites you may come across when you venture off the normal path. For us, we... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Blair M
Halifax, Canada
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The Argyle Township Court House & Gaol is Canada's oldest standing courthouse, built in the village of Tusket, Nova Scotia in 1805. It operated as a working courthouse and jail from 1805 until 1944. The building served as the Municipal Offices for...more
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8168 Hwy 3, Tusket, Nova Scotia B0W 3M0, Canada
+1 902-648-2493
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

Interesting little building with a lot of the original furniture and law books. Our guide was very well informed.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018

One never knows what sites you may come across when you venture off the normal path. For us, we were on vacation and driving through the Tusket area when we came across this historical site. The restoration is excellent and quite a sight to see...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Blair M
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This is the oldest standing courthouse and jail still standing in Canada. There is a guided tour that is only $4 for a family. Can't beat that! The tour guide certainly seemed to know his stuff. Very interesting demonstration and information about what being in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is a very interesting historical spot--oldest standing courthouse and jail in Canada! Seeing the restored courtroom and jail was a treat!

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Karen V
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This was a great place to go and see a relic from the court system past. It is the oldest courthouse and gaol with lots of original furniture and pictures. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. We stopped here on our way to the Hatfield...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank heatherandrews
Reviewed 25 July 2015

We stopped here to see the oldest combination Court House and Gaol in Canada. A tour by one of the tour guides provided a lot more detail than was available in the printed material. She explained who was incarcerated, and how they were treated. She...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank NeilP451
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Canada's oldest courthouse and jail is quite a unique spot to visit. It was only $4 for the three of us to get in and that included an excellent tour guide. Includes a collection of law books from over 100 years ago. Would definitely recommend...More

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank Carin F
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is the oldest courthouse and gaol (jail) in Canada. The guides give an interesting tour in English or French of both the old fashioned court and the prison cells. At the rear of the building is a gift shop "The Cell" with locally made...More

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank MemereLynn
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Tusket Courthouse is one of those little gems worth visiting--Canada's oldest courthouse and jail, beautifully restored and presented to the public.

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank Alan C
Reviewed 27 September 2013

This is the oldest court house and jail in Canada and well worth a visit. Tusket is a charming little village, and this historical charmer encapsulates the unique history of Nova Scotia!

Date of experience: September 2013
1  Thank RidleyRS
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