AAA Editor Notes
Black Loyalist Heritage Society Historical Site and Museum is w. on Hwy. 103 to exit 26, then 5 km (3 mi.) w. on Hwy. 3 to 98 Old Birchtown Rd. in Birchtown village. About 30,000 Loyalists fled the United States during the American Revolution; among them were 3,500 of African descent. Many of these black Loyalists settled in Birchtown.
A museum in the 1830 Black Loyalist Schoolhouse has a well-documented history of the black Loyalists' arrival in Nova Scotia, the struggle that many endured working for Nova Scotians and newly arrived white Loyalists. The museum's historical artifacts, photographs and period clothing help depict the province's black Loyalists and their descendants.
A trail leads past a pit house, an A-frame structure made of logs with a fire pit in the center, that is representative of the homes of the early black Loyalists. The trail continues to the coast where burial grounds can be found.
Note: A new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, scheduled to open in July 2013, will house a theatre as well as exhibition and demonstration spaces; phone ahead to confirm schedule.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.