Our Community Museum was founded by Thomas I. Spidell, a native of Parkdale. Uncle Tom, as he was called, traveled through England, the USA, Mexico and Canada as a missionary - salesman for The New and Latter House of Israel, a publisher of religious papers and books. As Uncle Tom traveled, he collected old and interesting things. In the 1930's he began bringing these items home to Nova Scotia.
The first exhibit of Uncle Tom's items was held in a barn in Parkdale - Maplewood. The people of the communities erected the first museum building - now the home of the Livewires 4-H Club. The Maccabee Lodge Hall was taken over in the 1960's. In 1984, what is now known as the Lloyd and Muriel Room was opened. Most recently, an expansion was made to the Parkdale - Maplewood Community Museum structure. The Maccabee Lodge was moved from the south of the Lloyd and Muriel Room to the north. A large extension was built on the south end to house an administration area, gift shop, research area, Aunt Dinah's Tea Room, washrooms and artifact storage. The grand opening of the new enhanced facility was held on July 6, 2005.
A more complete history was written by Donna Smith for the GRIFFIN magazine in 2009. Click here to read it.
People from the Past - Many exhibits feature photos and biographies of the special people of our area whose creations and possessions make up our collection of folk art, quilts, butter churns, tools, dishes, textiles, lamps, etc.
For the Children - We have toys, puzzles and games available for our younger visitors. Older children may enjoy the Museum Scavenger Hunt. Just ask at the desk. Also available are our Educational Programs.
Parking - Space is available for up to 60 cars and 4 buses.
Heritage Gardens - The Museum grounds are home to many traditional and heritage plants.
Research Centre -
We have numerous local family and community histories
available for research. For a comprehensive list, see
Our museum is owned by the community of Parkdale-Maplewood and administered by the Parkdale-Maplewood Museum Society.
The Board of Directors of the Society for 2017 is:
Curator - Donna (Wentzell) Arenburg
Museum Assistant - Suzanne (Wentzell) Isaacs
Membership into the Museum Society can be obtained by completing an application. 2016 fees are as follows:
Members will receive quarterly newsletters.