The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre & Historical Site
Open October 17 to May 14 by appointment – call 902-875-1310
Open May 16 to Mid October daily 10am to 5pm
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
Mother’s Day Supper – Sunday May 8th from 4pm to 6pm
Celebrate mom by bringing her to the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre on Sunday, May 8 from 4pm to 6pm for a delicious bowl of home-made fish or seafood chowder. Supper includes roll, tea/coffee/juice and dessert. Cost is $15/person.
Journey Back to Birchtown 1st Anniversary Lecture Series – May 11 at 7pm
Dr. James Walker will be at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre on May 11th at 7pm to kick off the Journey Back to Birchtown 1st Anniversary Lecture Series. He will deliver a talk on “From the Black Loyalists to the Black Panthers: a circular history”. Free admission. All are welcome.
Dr. James W. St. G (Jim) Walker is Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, specializing in African-Canadian history and the history of human rights and race relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a former Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Research. Following his graduation from the University of Toronto Jim served as a volunteer with Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), working for a Gandhian association in rural India. In 1965, during a student demonstration in Toronto supporting African-American voting rights, he met Rocky Jones and learned from him something about the Black community in Nova Scotia. This awareness prompted him to pursue graduate studies in history at Dalhousie University, where he did a PhD thesis on the Black Loyalists and renewed his friendship with Rocky. Jim and Rocky were among the founders of the Transition Year Program at Dalhousie, and both of them taught in that program. They often jointly worked on Rocky’s speeches, and together they spoke at high schools and later universities and international conferences on issues relating to African-Nova Scotian history. With George Elliott Clarke, Jim and Rocky conducted a series of almost 100 hours recorded discussions relating to Rocky’s life and community contributions. Jim has fashioned those discussions into a book, Burnley “Rocky” Jones, Revolutionary. An autobiography by B.A. “Rocky” Jones and James W. St. G. Walker. It will be published by Fernwood Press later this summer.
History on Shelburne Harbour for 2 – 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 (king or queen accommodation); welcome visit with your hosts between 5&6pm social hour along with a complimentary beverage and full menu breakfast each morning; dinner and beverage at award winning Charlotte Lane Restaurant ($200.00 certificate); 3 hour Harbour Boat Tour with Captain Ken & First Mate Sherri; and 2 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.
2 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.
$749.00 per couple (all taxes included)
Advance booking is required. Cancellation policy on this package is 7 days. There is a cancellation fee of $200 as well.
More information can be found at: http://www.thecoopersinn.com/packages.html