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Edgar and Brenda Dewar Home

135 Dewars Road, Roseneath, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/03/09

Showing east elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing east elevation
Showing west elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing west elevation
Showing house, c. 1930; Edgar Dewar Collection
Showing house, c. 1930

Other Name(s)

Edgar and Brenda Dewar Home
Roseneath Bed and Breakfast

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/04/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This Centre Gable style mid-Victorian farmhouse is located in Roseneath in a rural setting on a hill at the end of a road overlooking the Brudenell River. It features wood shingle cladding, a gable roof with decorative bargeboard trim, and original windows. A large Palladian style window dominates the south facade above the verandah.

Heritage Value

The house is valued as a well preserved example of a Centre Gable farmhouse and for its historical association with the MacLaren and Dewar families of Roseneath.

The house was constructed in 1868 by Nathaniel MacLaren (1846-1920) who had settled in Roseneath near the Brudenell River. He was married to Emma Gordon in 1879. His brother, Dr. Peter MacLaren, was a medical doctor who had trained at the University of Edinburgh. He operated his practice from the house until he relocated it to nearby Montague.

Nathaniel MacLaren operated a series of mills along the Brudenell River which used water power. These included grist, saw and shingle, flour, and carding mills. In 1900, he sold the property to Bradford Howatt and moved to Montague. Howatt sold it to Albert Dewar in 1920.

Most of the mills were destroyed in a fire in 1947. However, the saw mill continued to be operated by Albert's son, James Dewar, into the 1950s. The property was bequeathed to James' sisters, Jessie and Lilly, who later passed it to James and his wife, Marie. Their son, Edgar and his wife are the current owners. They renovated the property in the mid-1990s, and now operate the Roseneath Country Inn Bed and Breakfast from the premises.

The house retains many decorative features including the bargeboard of the eaves, the original window fenestration, and a large verandah with paired brackets and decorative posts.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/TR26

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the house is shown in the following character-defining elements:

- the one-and-one-half storey massing
- the wood frame and wood shingle cladding
- the Centre Gable roofline
- the brick chimneys
- the decorative bargeboard of the eaves and dormers
- the roof dormers
- the large verandah with decorative posts and paired brackets
- the original fenestration of the windows including the palladian style window in the south gable



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/TR26

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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