Visitor Comments


“There’s nothing like the printed word; these shelves full of them emit such warmth and connections with our forbears. Merci, Zoé Vallé!”

Senator Wilfred P. Moore, Chester NS

 “Wonderful piece of history!”

  Billy and Megan Goddard, Chester Basin NS

 “Lovely treat to find out about Zoé and to see her books! P.S. The house itself is especially well-appointed and beautiful!”

 Afra and Basma Kavanagh, Sydney; Kentville NS

 “Another wonderful visit to the library. Reminds us of how lucky we are to have this facility in our village. The property is wonderful & so beautifully cared for.”

 Patricia and Steve Abbott

 “A gem of a time capsule!”

Susan Collins, Chester and New Mexico

 “ ’I cannot live without books’ Pres. Jefferson  and I personally add – and not without libraries! It is a great place with a historical atmosphere. We love it!”

Klaus & Annegrel Reiser, Tubingen Germany

 “What a treasure!”

 Kathy Ruckman, Washington DC

 “Charming library – absolutely gorgeous!”

 Charlene MacNeil, Elmsdale NS

 “Amazing, informative tour.”

L. & D. Rafuse, Dartmouth, NS

 “This part of Nova Scotia is beautiful! We love the library house!”

 Perry & Roslyn Sullivan, Sarasota Florida

 “Wow! You guys have done a wonderful job protecting this piece of history. It’s fabulous to keep our links to the printed word/heritage.”

Yvonne & Jeff Noseworthy, Corner Brook NL

 “This is a treasure, lovingly restored.”

 Sandy & Des Kennedy, Denman Island, BC

 “A wonderful collection of books. Read and learn.”

 Barbara Cox, Brighton, England

 “A truly lovely library – lots of charm! The history is truly amazing and interesting.”

 Jordan Harvey

 “Just beautiful. After seeing the documentary, we just had to come here. Love it.”

 Art & Gail Hall, Hubbards, NS

“I used to come here as a child. My friend Kathy Rothwell used to live here and her parents were the librarians. This is a lovely heritage property.”

Nana Helen & Peyton Corkum


 Claudine Couper, Provincetown MA

“Thanks a lot. It was a very unusual experience. It looks like a museum, but you can touch, you can sit, you can socialize. We are Russians and we are amazed.”

“I agree with my husband, Costa. First of all, we came in when it was off hours. However, we were warmly welcomed to have a look around. We spent awesome time here which reminded me about Russian museums. The atmosphere is wonderful here. We will definitely come back next time we are in town.”

 Costa & Oxana Izmestyev, Bedford NS


“Merci pour votre belle générosité! Vous avez fait un travail exceptionnel dans cette maison pour la conserver & mettre en valeur! Le jardin est magnifique & invite à la lecture. Longue vie à votre librairie!”

 Stéphanie & Laurent, St. Eustache, QC

“The only place like it, not only in Canada…but ever. Thank you for opening your beautiful place to us. I am here from Toronto and so happy to have found you. xxoo”

“Always a favourite stop in Chester!”

 Alicia Swinamer. BC

“Gorgeous place!”

Paula Teeter, Toronto ON

“Thank you for nurturing my mind for a few days. For the dreams, landscapes, rhymes, journeys.

Ollie, Australia

“Sunny hello from California! What a gorgeous spot, and so friendly! The black kitty is gorgeous as well!”

Gary, Frances & Madelaine Donovan

“This library is unique. It brings to mind the Beaverbrook Room at UNB but with a much better collection & unique titles! Definitely worth the trip to Chester just for this!!”

 Bronwen Mosher, Fredericton

“Beautiful, historic library!”

 Olga Dragas, Hamilton Ontario

“What a national treasure – Amazing.”

Theresa Zafiris, Hubbards NS

“Words cannot share what a treasure this place is. Please approach federal government and designate and save this experience!”

Julie Nolan, Aurora Ontario

“Visiting from Ottawa, we drive by & saw the most beautiful property so we had to stop & see. Oh Goodness, beautiful & so historic. I am thankful for making this visit so memorable! Definite historical building! Thank you.”

Louse Primeau, Ottawa

“Delighted to see Simenon books here!”

 Visitor from Philadelphia

“Historically beautiful.”

 Christine Morash

“Like stepping back in time.”

Shelly Miller

“What a treasure & find! Thank you for your hard work.”

 Mari N. McAndrews, Kitchener, ON

“Each time I have visitors (and that is often) I make a special trip to Zoe Valle – and they are always enchanted by its story and uniqueness.”

Karen Thompson, Chester Grant

“Highlight of my visit to Chester! This is a hidden gem. Thank you for the hard work to preserve and share it!”

Leigh Davidson, Toronto ON

“The most beautiful place I have ever seen. Thank you for allowing us to experience a piece of Chester and Nova Scotia history.”

Christina Robbins, Caledonia ON