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The Carmichael-Stewart House Museum officially opened its doors for the season on June 23.

During his remarks at the reception, president of the Pictou County Historical Society’s Paul LaLande noted some upgrades at the museum this year.

“It’s been a very momentous year in the Carmichael-Stewart House. We’ve had some changes. Some of you may have noticed we have a brand new wheelchair ramp that’s been installed. We’re very happy about that. It’ll make it a lot easier for access for some of our visitors. In addition, we’ve finally got a new roof on the garage courtesy of the Kinsmen Club,” he said, also noting the front entrance has received repairs as well.

The event included a talk by summer curator James Lees regarding an exhibit that celebrates the work of three artists from Pictou County. Among the artists featured is sculptor John Wilson, who carved the stone lions in front of the museum, a Hector Pioneer sculpture erected to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Ship Hector as well as civil war monuments.

Sculptor James Watson is also celebrated in the exhibit for his work, which includes one of the first stone houses in Pictou County and the Trenton soldier’s monument. Painter J. Frederic McCulloch’s contribution to the art world is also featured, with two of his paintings available to view.

Two plaques were unveiled to be placed with the stone lions outside the museum, explaining their history and recognizing Wilson’s work.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.