The Black Loyalist Heritage Site, located in Birchtown in the South Shore region (approximately 7 km northwest of Shelburne) commemorates the history and contributions of the Black Loyalists who were some of Canada’s first settlers. Birchtown had the distinction of being the largest free Black community in British North America in the late 18th century. It was the centre of the Black Loyalist experience and its founding represented a turning point in the history of persons of African descent in Canada. There is much to explore on this heritage site including the National Historic Monument of Canada honouring the landing of the Black Loyalists in Canada; St. Paul’s Church (circa 1888); and the Old School House Museum, a one-room school house built in the 1830s which exhibits various artifacts from the archaeological digs and other items which have been donated and loaned to the museum. Stroll or hike along the Black Loyalist Heritage Trail, a 1.5 km heritage trail around the Black Burial Ground with interpretive panels. Site amenities include a gift shop, public washrooms, parking and picnic area. Bus tours are welcome.
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