Nova Scotia Archives

Built Heritage

Are you interested in the history of your home, or other buildings in the province? Nova Scotia Archives can open some doors in your research! Nova Scotia has centuries of built heritage, and these collections capture some of the primary and secondary sources used to trace the history of houses and buildings in the province, and the land on which they sit.


Built Heritage Resource Guide

This Resource Guide will help you get started on researching the Built Heritage of Nova Scotia, and then help you to find that next step. You’ll find digitized records along with information about the primary and secondary resources used to trace the history of houses and buildings in Nova Scotia, and the land on which they sit.

The Port Royal Habitation: Four Hundred Years of European Settlement in North America

A virtual exhibit that introduces the concept of the 1605 Habitation, with extensive use of historical photographs to tell the story of its reconstruction and continuing significance as a provincial tourist attraction.

Ports and Harbours

Take a time-tour of Nova Scotia's ports and harbours, via photographs, artworks, postcards, sea charts and early government records. Explore at least three centuries of the interface between land and sea, from Mi'kmaq petroglyphs to colour photographs, featuring wharves, shipping piers, shipyards and slipways, customs houses and merchants' stores, fishing fleets, fish plants, ferry services and all manner of related activities carried out at the water's edge.

Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia

Published in 1967, and still the best source available for basic, reliable and easily accessed information about Nova Scotia's cities, towns and villages. Over 2300 entries, searchable by community name or by county. Each entry provides community highlights, including first settlement, first churches, first schools, primary industries, significant events and notable citizens.


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