Sydney Things to Do Tips by no1birdlady
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Jost House Museum
This historical old house shows how many of the houses here were converted to commercial use and then back to residential. It was built in apx. 1786. and was once home to a merchant, S. Sparrow, then was bought by Thomas Jost, a Halifax merchant. The family stayed here until 1971. The house is set up more as a museum with the 3 floors showing different periods of time. We began in the basement where we saw the beehive oven. A table was filled with old kitchen implements and our guide had us guess the function of each. A wooden washing machine was down here also, as well as barrels that were used to ship things in. An interesting note was that the stained glass windows for St. George's were shipped in barrels of molasses and the lead from the windows was then in the molasses which were later sold. On the first floor there was the store in the front 2 rooms. They used both pewter and china in the dining room. On the 2nd floor we saw wooden floors with rope used as caulking in the spaces in the bedroom. Sparrow was a shipbuilder so he used methods used to build a ship in building his house. The parlor was on this 2nd main floor which was furnished in the Victorial period to show what it would have looked like then. Then on the 3rd floor there was a museum with a Victorian wedding dress, a shawl given by Queen Victoria, to a lady who came here to get married to a captain in Victoria's body guard, and other period clothing. Also up here was an a late 1800's drug store donated by J. Cook, a pharmacist who died in 2005.
Address: 54 Charlotte St.
Kitchen in the Cossit House
There is an interesting area of Sydney that has some of the old historical buildings which made up the original town. Cossit House is the home of a controversial Loyalist Anglican minister who came to start a new life in this British colony in 1786. He was the first rector of St. George's church near the house. There are costumed guides who tell you about the house. I was most interested in the old kitchen shown in the photo here. Notice that the main counter of the red cabinet is unpainted because that was the work surface where food was prepared. It's like our kitchen counter. Pewter plates and cups were used. They didn't know at that time that lead used in them leached into the food put on them. Cossit's wife was named Thankful and had 13 children. Off of the kitchen is the "birthing" or "sick" room. It was painted tomato red, the original color which was used because blood wouldn't stain the walls. The upstairs bedrooms were furnished as they were then. Rope beds were piled with quilts made from old clothing. Ropes were tightened which is where the term "Sleep tight" came from.
You can park on the street along Charlotte St. but need to have quarters to feed the parking meters. $1 for an hour.
Address: 75 Charlotte St.
Directions: The old section of Sydney is the north part of Charlotte St.
Phone: 902 539 7973
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