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“Interesting Visit”

Cossit House Museum
Ranked #8 of 29 things to do in Sydney
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Interesting Visit”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Visited Cossit House with my family and thought it was very interesting. Set in the middle of a residential area of the city it blends in with the homes on the street. When you step inside it takes you back to life in the 1700's. Costumed guides are on site to educate and inform you. The house has a 2.00 admission and a nice stop for 30 minutes.

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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153 reviews
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“highly enjoyable”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

It doesn't take long to see this 1787-style home but it is a true highlight. The costumed guides are full of interesting facts; after a while I got out a notebook and starting writing things down. While we were there, the guides were making spruce beer; my husband thought it smelled great! It is like a very small living history museum.

Visited July 2012
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Sydney, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Is it really haunted?”
Reviewed 27 November 2012

We intended to do the haunted tour of the north end of Sydney, Nova Scotia for a while and got the opportunity when our daughter's visiting friend from San Diego spent a month with us this summer. Wanting to give her authentic Cape Breton experiences, she included this one as it would reflect local history' and the stories would be vetted by the local historical society as sound. We went along as well, and much to our delight, we loved the whole experience. The stories were well told, entertaining, educational, and memorable. This is the type of thing not to say too much about; I'll just say that we know what we saw, and at some points screams were heard from the group - and not just the women! We came away talking it up to people the whole summer. Thumbs up on this one. We'll be tagging along again with others next summer.

Visited August 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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91 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“Don't miss this historic house”
Reviewed 17 November 2012

This house, built in 1787, is beautifully restored and well worth a visit. It is located in Sydney's North-end Heritage Conservation District, a lovely residential area that is easily enjoyed on foot.

Rev. Ranna Cossit, an Anglican minister, was a Loyalist to the British Crown during the American Revolution. He, his wife, Thankful, and their many children were part of the wave of approximately 30,000 Loyalists who fled the American colonies during and after the Revolutionary War, to settle in the Maritime Provinces. Rev. Cossit was assigned to the garrison and Loyalist colony on Cape Breton Island, and he played an important role in the political and social life.

This interesting house museum is staffed by enthusiastic guides, dressed in period costumes, who are brimming with historic information and great stories about the life and times that this house and the people who lived in it. From the basement, where the oldest era is represented, visitors go upstairs into progressively "newer" eras of the residents' lives. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, and only wish that we had not been part of a fairly large tour group - we would have spent much more time here, looking at all the items of daily life that are so well displayed throughout this house.

Even if you only have a limited amount of time, however, make an effort to visit this marvelous house and chat with the guides, because your memories of this place will surely be vivid and fun.

Visited October 2012
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