Lunenburg Unesco World Heritage Site

Shaped almost entirely by the dialogue between land and sea, Lunenburg inherits a tradition of resilience in the midst of changing social and economic tides. From the First Peoples who subsisted here thousands of years hunting and gathering, the last 400 years was radically transformed by timber harvesting, farming, commercial fishing and shipbuilding and today is being redefined through the arts, aerospace, information technology and tourism.

Lunenburg’s heritage is a tapestry of peoples and events interwoven through time within the geographical space we call the Town. It is the mandate of the Lunenburg Heritage Society to collect, preserve and transmit these stories of place as captured in oral tradition, documents, artifacts, architecture and the patterned landscape itself. Through this effort we hope to pass on an even richer assemblage of our common heritage.

We provide you with a snapshot of bibliographic sources that reveal this special place. Much work remains to be done both in research and conservation.

The story continues…

Town of Lunenburg website


Baker, David, Nancy Dauphinee, Brenda Hannam, Terry Lantz, and Dan Pittman. Old French Cemetery. Lunenburg: Nova Scotia Mainstreet Program, 1984.

Campbell, Robert, and Ivan Carey. “Lunenburg’s Oldest Cemeteries – A Virtual Tour.” Cemetery Records at NSARM: A Searchable Database.

Campbell, Robert, Stephen Hall, Leslie Langille, Alan V Parish, and Burton Schaffelburg. A Walk Through Old Lunenburg. Lunenburg: Lunenburg Heritage Society, 1979.

Cuthbertson, Brian. Lunenburg Then and Now. Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2002.

Dawson, Joan. Before Lunenburg there was Merligueche: A Survey of the Area before 1753. Lunenburg: Town of Lunenburg, 1996.

Dempsey, Karen, William Plaskett, James Tanner, and Joseph Wilson. Lunenburg: An Inventory of Historic Buildings with Photographs and Architectural Notes. Lunenburg: Lighthouse Publishing, February 1984.

Lawrence, Charles, 1709-1760. Journal and Letters of Colonel Charles Lawrence: A Day by Day Account of the Founding of Lunenburg. Lunenburg: Lunenburg Heritage Society, 1972.

ProGenealogists. “Nova Scotia.” The Palatine Project.

UNESCO. Old Town Lunenburg. 1995.

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.,_Nova_Scotia.


Your charitable contribution will help ensure the Lunenburg Heritage Society can continue to preserve and promote Lunenburg's heritage.


If you share our goals and objectives join us as a member. As a member you can vote at annual and special meetings, volunteer for executive roles on the Board of Directors or chair standing committees.

Contact Us

125 Pelham Street
Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Phone: 902-634-3498

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