The Scotsburn Room

The Scotsburn Room

At our museum, even the building itself is an incredible artifact worth exploring. Built back in 1929, as the Scotsburn Creamery, it is a testament to the rich history of this area. We've gone to great lengths to preserve as much of the original architecture as possible, even after purchasing the building.

One room, in particular, has been left completely untouched - the Scotsburn Room. Here, you'll find an incredible collection of cream and milk bottles, cartons, and containers that were used by Scotsburn Dairy over the years. 

But that's not all - we've also included some of the awards and prizes earned by Scotsburn over the years.  It's a fascinating glimpse into the past, and we're thrilled to share it with you.

Honouring a Legacy

We received a fascinating new addition thanks to the generosity of Diane C. Ross and her family. They have presented the museum with a beautiful clock that features a picture of her beloved uncle Anderson MacDonald's favorite tractor.

But that's not all - Anderson MacDonald was known as the very last cream shipper in N.S. to sell cream to Scotsburn Creamery. To honor his legacy, the museum has included a special display dedicated to his life and work, and the new clock now takes pride of place in this exhibit.

Cream Day Demo

Cream Day was an incredible day filled with fascinating insights into the history of the cream industry. We were lucky enough to have Jane Morrigan share her extensive knowledge of the industry with us, and we're so grateful for the invaluable expertise she brought to the table.

Thank you to the generosity of Doug Sellers, we were even able to demonstrate the process of separating cream from milk using his top-of-the-line cream separator. It was a truly remarkable experience, and we couldn't have done it without him.

Finally, a huge shout-out to the local farm that donated enough milk for us to conduct the demo. Their contribution was absolutely invaluable, and we're incredibly grateful for their generosity. All in all, it was a day we and our visitors never forget, and we're already looking forward to learning even more about this amazing industry in this year's Cream Day event. Contact us for more information about this year's upcoming event. 

Yesteryear's Decorative Butter

Picture this: it's the 18th and 19th centuries, and dairy farmers are hard at work creating delicious butter for their customers. But these farmers didn't just settle for plain old butter - no, they took things to the next level by using prints and molds to decorate their butter each day.

These molds were meticulously carved pieces of wood that gave the butter a unique, eye-catching design that was sure to stand out at local markets. Over time, customers began to learn to recognize the mark of their favorite butter and seek it out whenever they could. It was a true testament to the skill and craftsmanship of these farmers.

Primitive "David Maxwell & Sons" Pedal Butter Churn
in Action!

Scotsburn Dairy: The Story of the Century

For a century the small village of Scotsburn was responsible for producing dairy throughout eastern Canada. The name Scotsburn is still widely known as the primary ice cream company in the Maritimes. In the early twentieth century a group of farmers started a co-operative that lasted for 100 years. This is the history of the dairy and also a nod to the museum, A Walk Through Time, that has captured so much of the history in the county.