Main St. Wolfville: A Self-Guided Heritage Tour

Welcome! Randall House Museum is happy to welcome you to our self-guided walking tour of historic Main Street Wolfville.

Main St. Wolfville: A Self-Guided Heritage Tour

Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P, Canada

Created By: Randall House Museum

Tour Information

Please note: This tour is a work in progress. Updates will be done as soon as we have more information and photos to share. Thank you for your understanding.


Randall House Museum is happy to welcome you to our first ever self-guided walking tour!

We hope you enjoy the beauty and heritage of this town as much as we do.

If you haven't already, please visit our museum. Our current exhibit, Museum For Sale? Heritage Lost & Heritage Saved, features some of the buildings and properties you'll see on this tour.

Randall House Museum staff, would also be happy to answer any questions you may have about Wolfville's history and heritage.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Location: 259 Main St. Welcome to your first stop on the tour!   Randall House, as it is referred to as today, was built around 1810 and is the oldest house in Wolfville that is open to the public, versus private dwellings.  It is built i... Read more
Location: 310 Main St. Originally built in 1903, by the Wolfville Baptist church for poor outreach, this building was called The Tabernacle. It was later bought by the Town of Wolfville and used as an educational facility for industrial a... Read more
Location: 370 Main St. Now, Tim Horton's, on this land used to stand one of Wolfville's most famous houses, the DeWolfe family residence. Built in 1817 by Judge Elisha DeWolf for his son, Thomas Andrew Strange DeWolf, this house featured ... Read more
Location: 402 Main St. Most locals remember this building as The Rolled Oat Cafe, which closed in October 2002, after 12 years of serving the folks of Wolfville. Today, (2023) this building is the temporary home of The Naked Crepe Bistro. ... Read more
This building has been home to several eateries over the years.  In the 1950s and ‘60s, this building was Babcock’s restaurant.  It would become one of the first places in Nova Scotia to serve Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Naked Crepe B... Read more
Location: 424 Main Street Opening as the People's Bank of Halifax, in 1872, it later merged with the Bank of Montreal, in 1905.   When the bank first opened, it was located in the home of its first manager, John W. Barss.   The building... Read more
Location: 434 Main St. Opening in 1920, The Palms was the premiere social spot and soda fountain for local residents and Acadia students. The Palms was owned by Cecil and Hannah Young.  The location saw many physically changes, inside and ... Read more
Location: 450 Main St. Originally opened as Wolfville’s Opera House in 1911, the location changed into The Orpheum Theatre in 1923. The location showed silent films to Wolfville residents and Wolfville’s first “talkie” in 1930. The ... Read more
Location: 484 Main St. The first recorded building on this property, circa 1920,  was the Grand Pre Seminary for girls.  When it closed, it became the Acadia Hotel, the first of many hotels that would take occupancy in this building. Late... Read more
Location: 453 Main St. John Frederic Herbin bought a building in 1885 to set-up his jewellery store (third photo). In 1893, he purchased the property you are currently standing at and moved his building here.  In 1898, he outgrew that  ... Read more
Location: 497 Main St. Built in 1911, the Wolfville Post Office was a beautifully constructed building, which even had its own community garden club that maintained the lawn and gardens. The post office went through renovations in the ea... Read more
Location: 385 Main St. Built in 1930 as a White Rose service station, it was once one of Wolfville’s nine gas stations. Today, there are none! The station closed in 1960, but this building as has seen many businesses come and go over the... Read more
Location: 329 Main Street Formerly, the United Church of St. Andrew’s, this church was a gathering spot for Presbyterians and Methodists, two years before the United Church of Canada was founded. The old Presbyterian church, build of wood... Read more
Location: 11 Willow Avenue This is the site of the former Inner Harbour circa 1950.  Hope you know how to swim, because if you were standing in this spot two hundred years ago, you would be in the water! Originally this was the  inner har... Read more


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