South Shore and Annapolis Valley Sights


Shelburne Museum Complex

Shelburne Museum Complex Review

Shelburne's big-ticket attraction includes three properties operated by the Shelburne Historical Society. The Ross-Thomson House and Store is reputedly the oldest surviving (and from the looks of it, best stocked) general store in North America, restored to its 1820s appearance. Shelburne once had a thriving boat-building industry, turning out the traditional dories that were the mainstay of the fishing fleet. At the former waterfront workshop that houses the J.C. Williams Dory Shop, you can watch artisans craft new ones using old-fashioned techniques. Rounding out the trio, the Shelburne County Museum provides an overview of area history.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Dock St. and Charlotte La., Shelburne, NS, B0T 1W0
  • Phone: 902/875–3141
  • Cost: C$4 per museum, $10 for the whole complex
  • Hours: June–mid-Oct., daily 9:30–5:30. Shelburne County Museum also open mid-Oct.–May, weekdays 9:30–noon and 1:30–4:30. Off-season hrs may vary
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  • Location: Shelburne
Updated: 11-15-2013

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