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“Lots to see and well-presented”

Shelburne Museum Complex
Ranked #7 of 15 things to do in Shelburne
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We spent quite a long time visiting the Ross-Thomson House, which is a late 1700s house and store. The house is interesting in itself, with lovely fireplaces and period furniture. The store is also interesting and the guide was excellent. We also went to the Dory Shop, where we talked for some time with a man who still makes a few dories each year and to the Shelburne County Museum, which has an amazing number of artifacts. They also had a display which looks at the nature of museums, how they have evolved over the years. All well worth visiting!

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Very nice historical houses, much more pleasant and cosy than for example Lunenburg.

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Reviewed December 3, 2011

Bonjour a Tous : Seeing it with your own Eye's is Unique that there able to keep these Historic Building in Good Shape and to meet a Man of 93 Years old that Still Love to do what He evjoy as a Kid Growing Up at the Boat Building was Exceptional so if you have time and want to see what it use to be went People Had to Build from Nothing it's worth the Looking into Yourself maybe it bring memorys of how you family lived in the Past.Ths Oscar

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Reviewed July 21, 2011

En route from Halifax to Yarmouth, do yourself a favour and stop off at the Shelburne Historical Complex, a veritable window into the Loyalist history of Eastern Canada. A self-guided walking tour (30-40 minutes) of an entirely restored/preserved little community puts you literally into the story of the Loyalists: their struggle to remain faithful to the Crown, their life "in the colonies" before and following the American Revolution, the hardships they faced in a new place that could not accommodate them adequately, and the hard decisions that faced them as a reward for their loyalty. Sure to appeal to all ages. Not just for history buffs. No cost for the tour.

While you're in the area and exploring the topic, you'll want to continue on to nearby Birchtown and visit the Black Loyalists Museum there. Here you'll learn about the struggle for human rights and dignity for escaped African slaves who served the Loyalist cause in exchange for British protection and freedom. A stirring history of African slavery is depicted in a series of tableaus; it is impossible to leave the place unmoved. (Allow 30 minutes) A modest fee for the visiting the museum.

In my estimation Shelburne and Birchtown together should be preserved as a National Historic Site. Given the vast number of other such sites in Nova Scotia, it's hard to fathom why these are not included on the list.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012
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