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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

Shelburne, Nova Scotia
119 Old Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0, Canada
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Open Monday - Friday, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Closed Holidays
1-(902) 875-1310


The Black Loyalist Heritage Site, located in Birchtown on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, shares the story of the Black Loyalists – free men and women who fought for the British during the American Revolution and won their freedom.
In the late 18th century, Birchtown was the largest free Black community in British North America.  It was the centre of the Black Loyalist experience in Canada and its founding represented a turning point in the history of persons of African descent in Canada.
In Spring 2015, the new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre opened. It takes visitors on the journey of these earliest Black settlers to Nova Scotia – and for some, back to Africa. Visitors can also trace their heritage through the names in the Book of Negroes, a document containing the names of the Black Loyalists who won their freedom by taking up arms for the British.
The original heritage site includes the National Historic Monument of Canada – located on the Black Burial Grounds – honouring the landing of the Black Loyalists in Canada in 1783; St. Paul’s Church (circa 1888) which sits on the site of the original Black Loyalist Meeting House; and the Old School House Museum, a one-room school house built in 1835.
You can also stroll along the Black Loyalist Heritage Trail, which features a replica of a Pit House – the type of shelters many early Black Loyalists lived in.
Site amenities include a gift shop, public washrooms, parking and picnic area. Bus tours are welcome.
The Black Loyalist Heritage Site is also located less than 10 kilometres away from Shelburne, where parts of the BET and CBC-produced Book of Negroes miniseries was filmed.


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access


119 Old Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0, Canada
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