Faith Baptist Chapel is pleased to present this page about our World-wide 'unesco' town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, nestled on the Atlantic South Shore of Nova Scotia. The historic town of Lunenburg is a well known tourist attraction on the Atlantic coast centrally located in Nova Scotia and a world-wide 'unesco' site. Lunenburg is rich in history since being settled back in the 1700's and much of this heritage continues with us today especially in the older part of the town.

UNESCO means United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization which seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world; considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The Government of Canada in 1992 has designated "Old Town" Lunenburg as a National Historic District. In 1995, the World Heritage Committee, under UNESCO, recognized Lunenburg's cultural and natural heritage by adding it to their World Heritage List. UNESCO originated in 1972 and includes World Heritage Sites that belong to all the peoples of the world, regardless of the territory on which they are located.

Town of Lunenburg from Blockhouse Hill
The Town of Lunenburg, located centrally along the Atlantic coast, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia; was originally established in 1753 as a British Colonial settlement. Many of the early settlers came mainly from Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Blockhouse Hill is the site of the first Lunenburg fortification; after the first settlers' landed here in 1753. The Town itself was situated on a narrow strip of land between the front and back harbours. The town and was laid out on a steep hillside, facing south and towards the opposite shore where the Lunenburg Golf Course now is.
Information about Fortress Area on top Blockhouse Hill
Blockhouse Hill stands on a high point of the ridge outside the eastern end of town and from there it provides a view of the surroundings, being a natural area of protection for this settlement.

Situated strategically between the front and back harbours on a hillside that served as a fortress to protect the town. From its strategic location high on top of what is known as Blockhouse Hill, both harbours could be watched and protected easily from this location. From its strategic location high on top of what is known as Blockhouse Hill, both harbours could be watched and protected easily from this location.

This community was built on farming, fishing, ship building and with over 200 years of fishing that has provided Lunenburg with its strong base. Lunenburg is also known for the famous Bluenose vessel, which was built right here in the town. Stories of Lunenburg's Original Bluenose and Captain Angus Walters have been told to generations of Atlantic Canadians. She was the world's most famous Nova Scotian fishing schooner earning a place of legend in our hearts and history books.

The voyage of the Bluenose began with her launching from Lunenburg's Smith & Rhuland boatyard on March 26, 1921. Then in 1963, the same shipyard built and launched the Bluenose II; which was worked on by many of the men who constructed the original Bluenose. The Bluenose II is operated by the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society for the Province of Nova Scotia.

The town offers many beautiful waterfront views including the lower side of town on one side with a golf course on another. Today it has many established marine industries, such as Scotia Trawler; Adams and Knickle; Deep Sea Trawlers; ABCO Industries Ltd; Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering Ltd; as well as High Liner Foods Inc., one of the largest fish plants in North America.

The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic has captured much of the heritage of the town. The town is just the right size that a good walk through it will afford opportunity to visit and admire much of its architecture and read about its history.

The old Lunenburg Academy was destroyed by fire in 1893, and because it was required to have a new school a new one was built. Tenders were out in July 1894 and an architect from Saint John, N.B. was contracted to provide plans.
Lunenburg Academy School built 1895
The Oxford Furniture Company agreed on a price of $25,000.00; and began contruction in the fall of 1894 but in early 1895 the Oxford Furniture Company went bankrupt. From there, work continued under the direction of Solomon Morash, a local master builder. The overall cost of the building was $30,000.00. and was finally complete and opened on November 7, 1895. The Lunenburg Academy remains the only intact 19th century Academy building surviving in Nova Scotia.

For the visitor Lunenburg offers many opportunities for dining, accommodation, shopping, galleries, golfing, folk harbour festival, folkart unique to the town, and a viewing of many artifacts from the late 1700s and particularly early 1800s. A short drive away is the Lunenburg Yacht Club Situated on Herman's Island. Lunenburg is also famous for its Heritage Society, Art Galleries and Folk Harbour Festival. For the adventure lovers there are adventures available at the waterfront; of whale watching tours off the southern coast of historic Lunenburg, deep sea fishing charters, boat tours and more. For the shopper an assortment of gift shops, and restaurants are available catering to the heritage and style of the town.

Lunenburg County is also known as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World; including the Balsam Fir Christmas Tree Producers of Lunenburg County Representing a group of balsam tree growers in the county.

Please come enjoy visiting Lunenburg, the view of the Atlanic seaboard and while visiting please come join us in worship at Faith Baptist Chapel, located just outside of the town toward Bridgewater; while you are here.

We extend a warm welcome to you.

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