Wallace is a picturesque village with a diverse cultural heritage. The remnants of Mi’kmaq habitation and the Acadian dykes are visible reminders of our first Native and European settlers. This fishing and hunting community was then called Remsheg, meaning “the place between”, in the original Mi’kmaq language. Remsheg was a place between the larger destinations of Pugwash, Malagash, and Tatamagouche.
In 1825, the community was renamed Wallace to honour Michael Wallace, who was the first Treasurer of the Province of Nova Scotia. Since then, a number of industries have shaped the area. These include shipbuilding, the stone quarries, forestry, and fishing to name a few and each with its own stories and material culture. Our mission here at the Wallace and Area Museum is to enrich the understanding of history, heritage, and culture in Wallace and surrounding areas. We do this through a seasonal schedule of events, exhibits, research, activities for school groups, and by providing facilities for meetings and special occasions.