Thursday, July 22, 2010

Discover Our History

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~ Winston Churchill
In 1783, more than 10,000 settlers came to Shelburne, Nova Scotia from New York and the middle Colonies of the Thirteen Colonies.  The Loyalists, who opposed the Revolution and remained loyal to Britain, were promised free land, tools and provisions in Nova Scotia (among other places).  Four hundred families traveled first to Shelburne (formally called Port Roseway) as well as a large group of Africans who were escaping American slavery.  They settled in Birchtown and formed the first and largest freed Black settlement in North America.

Many of the descendants of these Loyalists remain in Shelburne County today.  This week they, along with many others will gather to celebrate their culture and heritage during Founders' Day in Shelburne.  This four day celebration kicks off on Thursday (July 15th).  Be transported back in time as you stroll along Historic Dock Street and take in the sights and sounds of what is becoming one of Shelburne County's largest festivals.

 Delicious food, fun & games, musical entertainment, unique displays and re-enactments are just a few of the festivities that are yours to enjoy.  Take in a one of a kind experience you will only find here in Shelburne County - a row & ride in a 18th Century British Navel Longboat, happening daily on the waterfront during the festival, and all summer long on Tuesdays and Thursdays nights! Don't miss out! 

There's so much to see and do in Shelburne County this summer, come visit and discover us!

For more information and complete schedule of events visit Shelburne Founders' Days.

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