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Railroad Station

21 Elm Avenue, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/06/28

East elevation, Railroad Station, Wolfville, 2005.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2005
East Elevation
Front elevation, Railroad Station, Wolfville, 2005.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2005
Front Elevation
South west elevation, Railroad Station, Wolfville, 2005.; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2005
South West Elevation

Other Name(s)

Railroad Station
Wolfville Memorial Library
DAR Station

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01 to 1912/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Railroad Station is a two-and-a-half storey brick and stone building with a centre frontispiece on the south wall. The grounds surrounding the station are landscaped into parkland setting with adjacent parking. A local landmark, the station is a municipally designated building owned by the Town of Wolfville. The designation includes the building and property.

Heritage Value

Wolfville’s Railroad Station, one of Nova Scotia’s few remaining brick railway stations, is valued for its historical association to the railway system in the Annapolis Valley and for its renovation by Wolfville citizens. Since its construction in 1912, built to replace the previous wooden rail station that was destroyed by fire in 1911, the Station illustrates the importance of the railway to the economic and cultural history of Wolfville. Since the 1860s through to 1990, the railway transported everything from apples to university students to and from the community.

In 1990, the Station was abandoned when the Dominion Atlantic Rail (D.A.R.) ceased passenger service in the Annapolis Valley. However, after months of community fundraising efforts, private donations, and support from the province and the Town of Wolfville, the station was purchased by the Wolfville Library Foundation. The Station was renovated for use as the town library in 1993. Structural features were either restored or replaced, including interior wood working and detailing. In 1994, the Foundation received the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia Built Heritage Award for the Station’s restoration.

In its current role as library, the Railroad Station continues to function as a cultural meeting centre for Wolfville citizens. The Station’s Charlotte Coombs Haley Community Room is used for non-profit and commercial meetings, classes, and workshops.

sources: Town of Wolfville Heritage Property Program files, Railroad Station file.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the Railroad Station include:

- unpainted brick building materials;
- medium hip roof with massive supports;
- sandstone sills and lintels on windows and doors;
- three skylights on west section;
- original-style eaves with modified crown mouldings;
- original angled roof design with mix of original asbestos-cement shingles and replacement plastic shingles;
- mix of original and replica doors, windows, trim, wainscoting and oak banisters.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation
Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type




Station or Other Rail Facility

Architect / Designer

Herbert E. Gates



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Inventory Site Form found at Planning and Development Services, Town of Wolfville, 200 Dykeland Street, Wolfville, NS B4P 1A2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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