Welcome to Shelburne
Shelburne's historic waterfront area bobs with sailboats and has 17 homes that were built pre-1800 – it feels like a historical re-creation, but it's real. The wonderfully maintained, low-in-the-earth buildings once housed Loyalists who retreated here from the American Revolution. In 1783 Shelburne was the largest community in British North America, with 16,000 residents, many from the New York aristocracy, who exploited the labor of Black Loyalists living in nearby Birchtown. Shelburne's history is celebrated with Founders' Days over the last weekend of July.