South Shore and Annapolis Valley Sights

Black Loyalist Heritage Site

  • 98 Old Birchtown Rd. Map It
  • Birchtown

Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

When Shelburne's population exploded after the Revolutionary War, Black Loyalists were relegated to land 7 km (4½ miles) northwest of town. The community they created—Birchtown, named for the British general who oversaw their evacuation from New York—became the biggest free settlement of African Americans in the world. Birchtown's virtually forgotten story was told in Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel The Book of Negroes, adapted for a CBC TV miniseries in 2015 and filmed locally, and its founders are now honored at this site, which includes a national historic monument, a 1½-km (1-mile) interpretive trail, and a small museum.

In June 2015 a new Heritage Centre opened here, replacing its predecessor that was destroyed in a fire.

Sight Information


98 Old Birchtown Rd., Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T 1W0, Canada

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902-875–1310; 888-354–0772

Sight Details:

  • Monument and trail: free; museum: C$8
  • Monument and trail: daily year-round; museum: May–Sept., daily 11–5; Oct.–Apr., by appointment

Published 05/06/2016


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