The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre & Historical Site
Open October 17 to May 14 by appointment – call 902-875-1310
One of Canada’s best kept secrets, the largest free Black settlement in the 1780’s where people voted with their feet for freedom. This unique historical site is nestled in beautiful Birchtown Bay on the western shores of Shelburne Harbour, the third largest natural harbour in the world.
Depending on the weather you may want to bring a picnic lunch and nourish yourself before you begin this extraordinary experience of the old and new.
Climb up the Shaw Turret where we commemorated all Black Loyalist communities as you overlook Birchtown Bay. Enter into the centre’s Lindsay Gallery and dive into the multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist journey from Africa to the US then to Nova Scotia and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of the Carlton’s Book of Negroes and search for your ancestor who may have experienced part of this incredible journey.
Before you leave us please take the time to create a virtual quilt square that will tell us about your experience and how this story has impacted you and what you have learned.
Please continue to explore our site and visit our historical buildings including the Old School House and Saint Paul’s Church where you can view our Bunce Island exhibit and movie, the National Historic Monument that commemorated the 1783 Black Loyalist Landings of Nova Scotia, explore our Heritage Trail and visit the Pit House.
Be prepared to spend some time with us.
Admission is $8/adult; $5/senior (ages 65+); $5/youth age 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. We also offer a Family Passes for $20 which includes 2 adults and maximum 3 children.
Please contact the Programming & Outreach Coordinator Arlene Butler at the administrative office to schedule a group tour or for tours in the off season by calling 902-875-1310.
To download a PDF of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre brochure, please click here: BLHC Brochure 2015
Book Reading with Lawrence Hill
Friday, December 11 from 6:15pm to 9pm
Join Lawrence Hill on December 11 at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre for a reading from his newest novel, The Illegal. The Illegal is a contemporary novel about an elite marathoner who flees violence in his homeland and goes into hiding as an undocumented refugee in a nation where he is not wanted.
Book signing begins at 6:15pm, reading and question / answer period begins at 7pm. The book will be available for sale at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre.
Tickets are $20/person and seating is limited!
Advance tickets will be available at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown. Please call Arlene at 902-875-1310 if you would like to purchase advance tickets.
History on the Harbour Package – The Cooper’s Inn
Discover the rich history of Shelburne with this 2 night package. Harbour Package includes two nights at the Cooper’s Inn (best room available at the time of booking); happy hour each evening and breakfast each morning; dinner at award winning Charlotte Lane Restaurant ($50.00 certificate); 3 hour Harbour Boat Tour with Captain Ken & First Mate Sherri; and passes for three Shelburne Museums.
Tour Ross-Thomson House & Store. See how our Loyalist ancestors lived. Learn about the history of the Shelburne Dory and see one being built and finally peruse the collection of artifacts the museum has collected over the years.
Passes for the Black Loyalist Heritage Society’s Historical Site and Museum in Birchtown.
One of Canada’s best kept secrets, the largest free Black settlement in the 1780’s where people voted with their feet for freedom. The unique historical site is nestled in Birchtown Bay on the western shore of Shelburne Harbour, the third largest natural harbour in the world.
A copy of the book “King’s Bounty: A History of Early Shelburne Nova Scotia” by Marion Robertson.
$499.00 per couple (all taxes included)
More information can be found at: www.thecoopersinn.com