Visit Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, For A Day

The year was 1749. With the promise free, tax-free land European settlers arrived by way of Halifax, to the area that is now Lunenburg. Fast forward almost 250 years.

In 1995 UNESCO declared those same planned 48 grid-patterned blocks, on Nova Scotia’s south shore, home to old town Lunenburg, a World Heritage site.

Upon their arrival, the settlers found rocks rather than farmland. Although the immigrants weren’t mariners by the late 1800s, they made schooners and became fishermen.

Lunenburg is a history-packed town, and we had just 24 hours to learn all about it.

3:00 p.m. The Mariner King Inn

In 1870’s the Mariner King Inn was one of the first homes to become a Victorian in the trendy Italianate-style, by adding the famed Lunenburg “bump” over the entrance.

The builder extended the central dormer out and down from the roof over the front door. It created an overhang or protrusion in the building, known as the Lunenburg bump.

5:00 p.m. Lunenburg Walking Tour

We explored St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg Academy, and many architectural and historical venues in between.

Built in 1895, the beautiful Lunenburg Academy was for almost 117 years, a public-school educating primary to Grade 12 until it closed in March 2012.

Lunenburg Academy

7:00 p.m. Ironworks Distillery

After a tour of Old Town Lunenburg, complete with tales about haunting spirits at the Lunenburg Academy, we finished our tour at Ironworks Distillery.

Ironworks Distillery is an artisanal micro-distillery, where they distill every day, one batch at a time. The name Ironworks comes from the 1893 heritage building.

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