Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Shelburne: Hours, Address, Black Loyalist Heritage Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

Black Loyalist Heritage Centre
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Depending on the weather you may want to bring a picnic lunch and nourish yourself before you begin this extraordinary experience of the old and new. Climb up the Shaw Turret where we commemorated all Black Loyalist communities as you overlook Birchtown Bay. Or enter into the Centre's Lindsey Gallery and dive into the multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist journey from Africa to the US then to Nova Scotia and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of the Carlton's Book of Negroes and search for your ancestor who may have experienced part of this incredible journey. Also explore our amazing archaeological pit which embodies this extraordinary narrative of the past and present. Have fun examining the archaeological artifacts excavated here in Birchtown. Before you leave us please take the time to create a virtual quilt square that will tell us about your experience and how this story has impacted you and what you have learned. Please continue to explore our site and visit our historical buildings where you can view our Bunce Island exhibit and movie, the National Historic Monument that commemorated the 1783 Black Loyalist Landings of Nova Scotia, explore our Heritage Trail and visit the Pit House. Be prepared to spend some time with us.
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Ross B
Shelburne, Canada2 contributions
We all should learn about the courage, endurance, and suffering carefully presented here.
Oct. 2020
Great we were finally able to visit this centre, even in the midst of the Covid challenges. Everything was done safely and thoughtfully. The powerful historical record documented here should be witnessed by everyone. Our guide, himself a descendent of Birchtown black loyalists, was extremely thoughtful and responsive to both the history he was taking us through, but also our various reactions - both positive and troubled. The tour took us through the background, the historical record with some of the artifacts, and then out to the exhibit buildings on the well kept grounds; it left me with a deep sense of regret that I did not know much of this history, but also a sense of hope that we can help hold up a better world. Thanks to all for the generations of work that went into making this a must-stop visit. Allow enough time for the tour and some contemplation after.
Written November 28, 2020
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Richard C
3 contributions
very interesting
Sep. 2019
My wife and I spent some time at this Centre and found it to be quite interesting. We had never been to Birchtown.
Written August 30, 2020
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worktotravel14
Arlington, VA1,275 contributions
A critical catalogue of Black American History
Sep. 2019
This place filled my soul. From its entrance to the entire layout of the museum, it takes care to tell the stories of the Black Loyalists, who sided with the British, and their resettlement in Shelburne. Both sides the British and the American colonizers promised freedom to slaves who fought for their military. In the end, only one side remotely delivered on this. However, resettlement was bittersweet as the Black Loyalists were settled in Nova Scotia in harsh climates, with no reparations, in spaces entrenched with racism, and with very little to make it. When you enter the museum you have a name, I just happened to select a woman who was from New Jersey, where I hailed from. I was able to follow the broader history of the resettlement and her story along the way. The museum also has a major profile on "The Book of Negroes" a historic document that essentially documented many of the men and women who went to Nova Scotia. It starts with all of the Americas, since the British colonized the entire East Coast and much beyond that part.There is amazing Africana for purchase. You can make an electronic quilt as part of the tapestry of visitors. Finally, outside of the museum, there are many buildings that represent a settlement, including a school, church, hallowed graveyard, and winter pit houses that show the deeply horrific conditions of resettlement. This is history that every American, whether Canadian or U.S. should know and grapple to understand.
Written August 24, 2020
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Prmsmus
Nova Scotia, Canada72 contributions
Worth a stop
Aug. 2020
This was a very informative museum - well worth the stop. Due to Covid-19, our visit was totally guided, but that was a perfect way to see the site.
Written August 23, 2020
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Nita and Chris
2 contributions
A worthwhile visit.
Aug. 2020
Our tour guides were knowledgeable, warm and actually shared their family’s lineage and history with the area. Informative center had artifacts and displays from the original settlement, as did the school house. St Paul’s Church was dark and beautiful. We came away from our visit wanting to read and learn more.
Written August 15, 2020
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MyrtleAnn
Halifax, Canada55 contributions
You must go here
Jul. 2020 • Couples
My wife and I did this tour as part of our staycation and it was phenomenal. Given Covid-19 restrictions there was a guided tour as opposed to a self guided tour. The tours run every hour on the hour. The museum itself is amazing. The founders ought to be proud of the wonderful facility. The guides were informative and the information so interesting. I am fairly well read on this piece of N.S. history but learned so much during my tour. This is a historical piece of N.S. that is often overlooked or forgotten but this museum brings it into the light. Please go, please listen and please learn.
Written July 29, 2020
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Mary H
Stamford, UK270 contributions
Well worth a visit from Shelburne
Sep. 2019
The recently created large museum centre contains displays on screens as well as artefacts found at Birchtown, where many black loyalists ended up after American Independence. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, answering our many questions. We visited the church, a rebuild only completed in 1905 after an arson attack, and the burial ground as well as a pit house. Another building housed a film about Bumce Island, off the coast of Sierra Leone, where slaves were held until removed to their masters' countries, Birchtown has been largely abandoned now, with some slaves returning to Sierra Leone and others bettering themselves elsewhere. A very detailed and moving museum.
Written September 22, 2019
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fanfare50
Mission, Canada159 contributions
Don't waste your time
Aug. 2019
My dh had high hopes for this place and he was very disappointed. First, he wondered why the only people he saw running the place where white people/ He thought there might be some local black folks giving an interpretation of by gone events. Mostly what we saw you could have picked up on the internet. The other thing that was a bit offensive was that they were selling completely unrelated items in the "gift shop". It just seemed so tacky.The most interesting thing we saw was outside. It was a replica of the type of shelter that people had to live in back in the day. There was another smaller "museum" next to the newer building. It was supposed to be open but wasn't. Good. All it had was a few fold out screens with some writing on it. Don't waste your time or your money.
Written September 7, 2019
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hotubman
Bromsgrove, UK38 contributions
Afternoon visit
Sep. 2019 • Couples
We knew nothing of the Black Loyalists, this centre informs with storyboards and interactive screens, it give the facts the their origins, settlement, extreme hardships and triumphs hard fought. Being British we felt humbled and somewhat embarrassed by the past. Great visit, we learned something.
Written September 6, 2019
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BettyandBill
Antigonish, Canada127 contributions
An interactive experience that tell a profound story of the Black Loyalist!
Aug. 2019
An interactive experience that tell a profound story of the Black Loyalist! This is a great museum that is futuristic in telling an epic historic tale. Either reading The Book of Negros or watching the mini series will certainly enhance your experience.
Written September 5, 2019
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