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Argyle Township Court House & Gaol
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General information
Status Used as a museum
Type Government
Architectural style Greek Revival
Address 8168 Hwy #3
Town or city Tusket
Country Canada
Coordinates 43°51′18″N 65°58′28″W / 43.8549°N 65.9745°W / 43.8549; -65.9745
Construction started 1801
Completed 1805
Owner Municipality of the District of Argyle & AMHGS (current)

The Argyle Township Court House & Gaol is a provincially and federally recognised heritage building along Route 308 in the present-day community of Tusket, Nova Scotia. Predating Canadian Confederation, it played a significant role in the administrative, judicial, and political spheres of life in the Municipality of the District of Argyle during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also known as the Tusket Court House, the building is held to be "the oldest surviving combined court house and jail in Canada." No longer an active court house, the local landmark now serves as a museum and tourist destination.


Construction of the court house was initiated in 1801, taking place over a period of nearly five years, and ending in 1805 with the first sitting of the Court of the General Sessions of the Peace being held on 29 October.

Museum & Archives

In 1983, the Argyle Township Court House Archives were formed, becoming the "first Municipal archives in Nova Scotia."