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The Cooper's Inn

Our history dates back to 1784

The Cooper's Inn, built in 1784, stands as a testament to Shelburne's rich history, emerging in the aftermath of the American Revolution when pro-British refugees, including George Gracie, settled in the area. This remarkable Scottish-born refugee merchant from Boston was a representative of Shelburne County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

The inn's original vertical log structure, brought from Boston on Gracie's ship "Experiment," still exists within its walls. Tragically, Gracie drowned on a voyage from Halifax, and local folklore suggests his wife haunts The Cooper's Inn.

The smaller building on the property served as a cooperage from 1904 to 1917, operated by J. Chandley Smith, who later moved the business across the street, now the Shelburne Barrel Factory. Visitors can still enjoy the beautiful peonies planted by his wife Blanche in the garden.

Since 1987, The Cooper's Inn has been the premier place to stay in Shelburne, offering guests a unique blend of historical ambiance and modern comfort.

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Discover the rich history of Shelburne

Shelburne, Nova Scotia, founded in 1783, boasts a rich history as one of Canada's oldest and most storied towns. Originally settled by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, Shelburne quickly became one of the largest British settlements in North America. The town's deep natural harbour facilitated significant shipbuilding and trade, which thrived throughout the 19th century. Today, Shelburne's well-preserved 18th-century architecture, vibrant cultural heritage, and picturesque waterfront make it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and tourists alike. Visit Shelburne to explore its unique past and enjoy a charming blend of historical and contemporary attractions.

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