Dock Street, History in Shelburne

 “During the American Revolution pro-British refugees gathered in New York. The wealthier classes went to England while others sought refuge in Nova Scotia. In 1783 four hundred such families came together to found the Town of Port Roseway.  The first Governor renamed Shelburne after then English Prime Minister, Lord Shelburne. Within a year the population soared to over 10,000. The settlement was too large and could not be sustained, most of the refugees moved back to England or on to other parts of the Canada, while others returned to the United States.”

Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Historic Waterfront District of Shelburne was an entertaining winter afternoon stroll.

American Loyalists landed here in 1783 and parts of the town layout has stayed exactly as the British mapmakers laid it out.

The Cooper’s Inn, a Provincially Registered building is directly across the street from the barrel factory.

Buildings still exist today from the 1700’s and a self guided tour along Dock Street feels like a step back in time.

Famous Movie sets have graced Dock Street, which runs along the harbour, the 3rd  largest natural harbour in Nova Scotia. The Scarlet Letter and most recently Moby Dick were filmed here.

History, strolling, and warm cup of tea are a perfect afternoons entertainment in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

This barrel factory produces the barrels to store salt bait and trawl lines for today’s lobster fishery.


2 thoughts on “Dock Street, History in Shelburne

  1. In the early 1980s I worked in a lovely establishment called The Tea Cup by the water’s edge in Shelburne. (Just next to the tourist information stand.) Run by Englishwoman Norma Worden, the Tea Cup for years welcomed locals and tourists for lunch and afternoon tea featuring English home cooking like Mulligatawny soup, scones with imported clotted cream and Tiptree jams, Cornish pasties, Lancashire hotpot, … and about 20 kinds of teas, all served on lovely English porcelain.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos of Shelburne, I miss it and the pristine life that I lived there.

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