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Amherst Point Baptist Church

908 Southampton Road, Amherst Point, Nova Scotia, B4H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/12/02

Front and side elevations, Amherst Point Baptist Church, Amherst Point, NS, 2009.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009
View from Road
Detail of window pediment, Amherst Point Baptist Church, Amherst Point, NS, 2009.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009
Pediment Window Detail
Rear elevation of the Amherst Point Baptist Church, Amherst Point, NS, 2009.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009
Rear Elevation

Other Name(s)

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Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1853/01/01 to 1853/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/01/28

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Amherst Point Baptist Church, built in 1853, is a modest, wooden, one-storey country church built in the form of the traditional Meeting House. The church sits amid mature trees on the western outskirts of Amherst, Nova Scotia, on its original site with its ungabled side facing the road. It is near the dykelands of the Tantramar Marshes, and is backed by a Provincial Bird Sanctuary. The building and property are included in the municipal designation.

Heritage Value

The value of the Amherst Point Baptist Church is found in its association with prominent Cumberland County individuals, and in its being an excellent example of a country Baptist Church built in the Meeting House tradition, with Classical Revival and Gothic Revival elements.

Historical Value
The Reverend Dr. David Allan Steele and the Reverend Charles Tupper were two of the serving pastors in the Amherst Point Baptist Church. Steele was well-known for his strong oratory style, and was highly respected in Cumberland County as a community leader of great intelligence and tolerance who inspired others to follow his example. Tupper was a highly-regarded minister, writer, and advocate of temperance and education who helped establish Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Tupper was also the father of Sir Charles Tupper, a local doctor and politician who was a Father of Confederation and a Prime Minister of Canada.

Architectural Value
The Amherst Point Baptist Church is representative of many rural, Protestant churches built in Cumberland County in the mid to late nineteenth century. It is a wooden, symmetrical, Meeting House style building with a medium-pitched roof, pedimented gables, and simple ornamentation. The characteristic symmetry is evident in the church’s two-bay façade and the three large, rectangular windows that line each side of the boxy church. Its Classical Revival temple-like architecture is adorned with a wide frieze, and heavy, prominent pilasters framing the two entries and acting as corner boards. Also of note are prominent labels crowning each side window, and triangular openings in the gables, the front one being a window decorated with diamond-shaped tracery. The Gothic Revival triangular shape of these gable openings is echoed in the pointed arch above the two entries, and the upper edges of these triangles are accentuated with scalloped bargeboard.

Source: “Heritage Properties County, Amherst Point Baptist Church” File, Cumberland County Museum

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the Amherst Point Baptist Church include:

- original site, form and massing;
- wood construction;
- original clapboard siding;
- two wide-set entries in gable end;
- traditional Meeting House elements such as simple, symmetric form and little ornamentation.

Character-defining Classical Revival elements of the Amherst Point Baptist Church include:

- medium-pitch roof with pedimented gables;
- prominent pilasters framing entries and acting as corner boards;
- wide frieze.

Character-defining Gothic Revival elements of the Amherst Point Baptist Church include:

- triangle-shaped openings in the pedimented gables;
- bargeboard decorating the upper edges of the triangle openings and the door frames;
- labels decorating side windows.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

1992/12/02

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Philosophy and Spirituality

Function - Category and Type

Current

Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

"Heritage Properties County, Amherst Point Baptist Church" File, Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church St., Amherst, NS B4H 3C4

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

11MNS0157

Status

Published

Related Places

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