The Tancook Island Museum, established in the mid
1990’s by Hillary’s mother Martha Farrar, has relocated to the gallery
building and has added a fascinating and historical aspect to Wishing
Stones. The museum pieces have been incorporated throughout the photo
gallery and library, as well as being worthy of having a few rooms of
their own. Many of the old artifacts that are on display were made here
on Tancook Island decades ago. There is an old fashioned bedroom,
kitchen, and a room full of old farming and woodworking tools and
implements. As you travel from room to room, you will feel as if you’ve
stepped back in time.
This old fashioned bedroom will make you appreciate the luxury mattresses we sleep on today!
Many of the museum pieces have a great story behind them.
You might even feel like you're in your great-grandparents' kitchen.
Maybe you've seen some of these items in an old barn or tool shed ...
... and maybe you'll play a hymn or two on the old pump organ.
If you have any questions about the museum or its content, chances are that Martha will be there to answer them herself. As well as being the museum curator, Martha is a skilled chair caner and a genealogy buff. She has researched and recorded the genealogy of all the families on Big and Little Tancook Island and is happy to help anyone interested in searching for their roots. Martha also created a wonderful website about Tancook Island which is well worth taking a look at to learn more about the island. Her website address is www.tancook.ca and it contains a wealth of information.
A single round-trip crossing is $7.00, a punch card good for 10 round-trip crossings is $35.00 and a punch card good for 5 round-trip crossings is $17.50. One of the ferry crew comes around to collect fares individually once the ferry is underway. Children under the age of 12 years ride for free.
If you find yourself on Big Tancook Island, be sure to come to Wishing Stones. Described by some visitors as “a gem” and “the high-light of the day”, the gallery is truly an interesting and welcoming spot to spend a bit of time.