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Black Loyalist Heritage Site

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Address: 98 Old Birchtown Road, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
Phone Number: 902 875-1310
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Description: One of Canada's best kept secrets, the largest free Black Settlement in...
One of Canada's best kept secrets, the largest free Black Settlement in the 1780s. Where people voted with their feet for freedom. The unique historical site is nestled in beautiful Birchtown Bay on the western shores of Shelburne harbour, the third largest natural harbour in the world. Come and enjoy a guided tour, search for your ancestral roots and learn about these courageous Nova Scotians.
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With the popularity of "Roots" and" The Book if Negroes", the blacks history in Nova Scotia began to be recognized. We learned very little about them in school . This museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

With the popularity of "Roots" and" The Book if Negroes", the blacks history in Nova Scotia began to be recognized. We learned very little about them in school . This museum highlights black history and specifically the black loyalists . The brand new museum being completed will be wonderful . The museum guide was so enthused about his subject .... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Birchtown is a beautiful area close to the water, just outside Shelburne. When we drove there we first saw a memorial area, very peaceful, which is believed to have been a cemetery, although there are no gravestones. This is near St. Paul's Church, whch is at one end of a short heritage trail, the old school house being at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The site includes a short heritage walking trail that passes the black burial ground (a National Historical monument), a replica of a pit house, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, and the Old School House Museum and gift shop. Admission is $3/person and the museum is open daily during the simmer months and by appointment the rest of the year. If you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have always meant to read "The Book of Negroes" and now I will have to do that. Birchtown was the site of the arrival of 3000 black Loyalists after the American Revolution and the site of the first North American race riots. Part of our history which we should know much more about. The staff were helpful. The museum... More 

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