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Guysborough County Heritage

Discover the lure of Guysborough County's unique and colorful history, one fraught with tales of prospectors, soldiers, privateers, explorers and pioneers. The area's many museums, cairns, and historic sites capture this history. While on your visit enjoy the breathtaking 513 kms of pristine rugged coastline.

Afrikan Canadian Heritage Friendship Centre

The Centre holds numerous valuable resources recording the history and heritage of African Nova Scotians in the Guysborough and Strait regions, it was established in 2001 and runs under the auspices of the Strait District School Board.

A collection of photographs, publications and newspaper articles documenting the history of African Nova Scotians in and from the area is on display. The Centre runs many programs and invites speakers for students and teachers within Chedabucto Place, and is also open as a resource centre to other schools and educational institutions. The Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre is open to the public.

The Black Loyalist Graveyard, Monastery
Hidden away, just off Route 16, is a graveyard marked with a monument celebrating the Black Loyalists who began settling the area in the late 1700’s. These Loyalist families settled as farmers raising livestock, and trades people who worked for their wages.

No one is sure how many people are buried here. There is only one tombstone standing on the site, marking the resting place of a soldier who died in 1918. This graveyard was lost to the community for many years. After its return to the community, the congregation of the Tracadie United Baptist Church erected a cairn on the site.

The inscription reads: “In memory of the pioneers of the Black Community, 1782-1931 who are buried in this cemetery. This cairn was erected by the Tracadie United Baptist Church members in 1988.?