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Maidstone Bicentennial Museum is a community museum which houses unique collections of artifacts that have been donated by the community or purchased by the Maidstone and Area Historical Society. This collection includes an impressive WW1 Naval and Army collection, artifacts of Joseph, Daniel and Zoe Ouellette, Rum Running, the War of 1812, including the Aboriginal Contribution to the War of 1812 and much more. The museum grounds are also home to beautiful Native Heritage Gardens, a collection of plants, trees, and shrubs that are native to the Essex County area. These gardens in the past have served several purposes from food, medicinal medicines and dying of cloth. As well they play an important part in the life cycle of butterflies. Several of the trees are rare including Paw Paw, Kentucky Coffee, and Cucumber trees. And check out the Jr. Historical Society's Three Sister Garden.
The society has also developed an array of interesting family and children’s programs and events, both historical and conservational. These programs and events consist of a hands-on, educational, interactive approach to see history come alive, many are also available in French and dressing up is always encouraged. Some activities include The War of 1812 Encampment, Bee Day, Butterfly Day, Blacksmith Day, Old Fashion Game Day, Pioneer Life and Pirate Day. And don’t forget the Jr. Historical Society which runs September - May.