"Shelburne Nova Scotia" Shelburne by Shara.Buchan

Shelburne Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 88 photos

I would like to do this page on the beauty and wonders of Shelburne instead. Much of the information provided on the page I have gathered from other sources and all of the photo's because I unforunitly do not have a scanner. My Apologies.

Shelburne Nova Scotia
The South Shore has a plethora of museums,one of the better known, is the Ross Farm's Agricultural Living Museum. Don't, however, overlook the smaller community museums, where locals still congregate for suppers and quilting bees and village meetings. A wealth of knowledge is contained in each of these museums, from the 1800's farming life in Parkdale/Maplewood to the truly impressive historical complex on Shelburne's waterfront.

The town of Shelburne is located 16 km inland and nestled on the third largest natural harbour in the world. Named after Lord Shelburne, it was founded in 1783 with thousands of Loyalists after the American Revolution. There is an aura of the 18th century on Dock street that gives you a view of the town's history through its buildings, which have been declared heritage property. The population of 2,500 is mostly anglophone. Community Partners and proposed activities.

Shelburne, a town whose rich history and picturesque 310 Lighthouse Route Scenic Travelway charm has captured the hearts of many and attracted the attention of the international film industry.Shelburne was settled in 1783 when 3,000 United Empire Loyalists, who had maintained allegiance to the British Crown during the American Revolution, arrived by ship from New York City, creating an instant boomtown in the wilderness. The population swelled to 16,000 over the next few years, then decreased as the Loyalists moved on to other parts of the province.The town?s history comes alive along Dock Street, where the rambling warehouses and 18th-century homes along the waterfront have been carefully restored, making it a great place for a stroll. Many of these buildings Lighthouse Route Scenic Travelway have been declared heritage properties. This area?s authentic 18th-century charm has led to its being used as a set in major motion pictures.

This historic area also holds a fascinating complex of museums.The Ross-Thomson House contains the oldest restored store in North America. A tour of the building, which was both a commercial establishment and residence, reflects the changing fortunes of the owners and the town through two centuries of history. Nearby, the Shelburne County Museum presents displays and artifacts on the county?s intriguing history and impressive shipbuilding heritage. The museum also has the oldest fire pumper in North America.The Dory Shop, on the waterfront, produced about 350 of the small sturdy work boats every year during its ninety-year history. It is now a provincial museum where visitors can tour exhibits and watch dories being built by hand. Many visitors each year come to Shelburne to trace their family roots, and the Shelburne County Genealogical Society on Water Street has extensive historic and genealogical records. Shelburne also features a variety of service businesses and a visitor information centre.

  • Last visit to Shelburne: Feb 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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