Store Clerk carding wool by hand.


Store shelf filled with fabric bolts, ladies boots and a top hat.


Ross-Thomson House & Store

Nova Scotia's only 18th-century store

Travel back in time to discover 1780s Nova Scotia and the recently settled town of Shelburne, where thousands of Loyalist refugees began new lives after the American War of Independence.

It is in this historic store that seasoned merchants George and Robert Ross carried on international trade in tea, coffee, rum, port and wine, offering both necessities and luxuries to the town’s residents.

Stroll Ross-Thomson House & Store's gardens; step up to the store’s counter and ask the clerk about the kinds of goods the Ross Brothers once bartered and sold; spend time inside the living quarters, furnished in the sparse but elegant style of the period; and visit the Militia Room above the shop where you might meet a 1780s militia guard.


June 4 to October 12
Tuesday to Saturday
9 am to 12 pm & 1 pm to 4 pm


Adult - $5
Student - $4
Senior (65+) - $4
Children Under 5 - Free

Combined admission grants visitors access to all three museums operated by the Shelburne Historical Society.

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Come for an hour or stay for the day.  The choice is yours with a Nova Scotia Museum Annual Pass.