My Country Farmhouse – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia a UNESCO Heritage site

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While doing searches for listings in the East Coast I came across a town called Lunenburg which is located in Nova Scotia. What struck me about Lunenburg was that nearly every single property I’ve looked at is well over 100 years old and they’ve all been so incredibly preserved. Upon further inspection several listings said “UNESCO Heritage Site” something  I had only heard of briefly. So here is the description of a “UNESCO Heritage Site”

“A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention guarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. World Heritage Sites are designated by the UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance.” Wikipedia

Old Town Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seventy percent of the original colonial buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries continue to greet visitors with their colourful façades.” novascotia.com

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – the facts:

Lunenburg is a port town on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded in 1753, the town was one of the first British attempts to settle Protestants in Nova Scotia in an effort to displace the French colonial Roman Catholic Acadians and indigenous Mi’kmaq.

The economy was traditionally based on the offshore fishery and today Lunenburg is the site of Canada’s largest secondary fish-processing plant. The town flourished in the late 1800s, and much of the historic architecture dates from that period.

In 1995 UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site. UNESCO considers the site the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America, as it retains its original layout and appearance of the 1800s, including local wooden vernacular architecture. UNESCO considers the town in need of protection because the future of its traditional economic underpinnings, the Atlantic fishery, is now very uncertain.

The historic core of the town is also a National Historic Site of Canada.[2]” Wikipedia

To get ALL the facts please visit Wikipedia. It is quite a neat read.

And now let’s visit some of these historical homes and businesses that are for sale in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia:

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Listed for $475,000 / Built in 1829 / MLS® Number: 202007615

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Listed for $695,000 / Built in 1906 / MLS® Number: 202009860

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Listed for $750,000 / Built in 1870 / MLS® Number: 201910385

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Listed for $950,000 / Built in 1913 / MLS® Number: 202003888

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Listed for $599,000 / Built in 1845 / MLS® Number: 202009553

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Listed for $1,360,000 / Built in 1890 / MLS® Number: 202001254

With 61 designated heritage buildings in Lunenburg it makes its way up to one of the most historical places and one that I will have to visit.

Here is a complete list of the designate heritage sites to help plan out your future vacation:

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An excellent site to visit is ExploreLunenburg.ca which is where I found the list of heritage buildings. It has all the details of the buildings and everything you could possibly want to know about Lunenburg.

Well I hope you enjoyed taking a few minutes to learn about Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It truly is a piece of Canadian history.

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