Welcome to your perfect getaway
The Cooper’s Inn is a cozy coastal inn located in on the beautiful shores of Shelburne Harbour. It’s a place where all are welcome to unwind, relax and enjoy the beauty of simplicity. Here you’ll find quintessential Nova Scotian hospitality, without sacrificing the comforts of home. We are all about embracing the beauty of simplicity while ensuring your comfort is a top priority. You'll find our rooms are designed with a laid-back aesthetic that invites you to unwind and let your cares melt away. Sink into plush beds, enjoy soft lighting, and discover a space that feels like a home away from home.
Craving an escape from the hustle and bustle, I like to think it was The Cooper’s Inn that found me. When I was finally able to visit for the first time, I fell in love with the small town charm, the slower pace and the natural beauty that is Shelburne. I felt welcome from the first day I visited Shelburne and the inn, and I love to extend that welcome to all the guests that grace my doorstep.
There is a beauty in the simplicity here, a chance to reflect and unwind, to meet stranger who quickly become friends, to revel in the slow down.
Welcome to your perfect getaway - we're so happy to have you here!
Our history runs deep here.
In 1785, in the aftermath of the American Revolution, when pro-British refugees began to flee, The Cooper's Inn was built. The original vertical log structure was home to the remarkable blind man, George Gracie. Gracie was a Scottish born refugee merchant from Boston and was one of two representatives of Shelburne County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Tragically, Gracie drowned on a voyage from Halifax and according to local folklore, his wife is said to haunt The Cooper’s Inn.
During restoration in 1987, it was found that the building was built in two stages. The North side, or the owner's quarters, was constructed first, and the South side was added in the years leading into 1805. The original logs used are still located within the walls and are believed to have been originally brought in from Boston on George Gracie's ship, the "Experiment."
A smaller building was used as a cooperage (a business that creates barrels) from 1904 until 1917 until the new resident, J. Chandley Smith, who lived with his wife Blanche and their 12 children, decided to build a new factory across the street. You can still see Blanche's peonies in our garden every spring!