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Perkins House

115 Main Street, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, B0T, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/07/11

Front Elevation, 2000; Province of Nova Scotia, TPW, 2000
Perkins House, Front Elevation
Side Elevation, 2000; Province of Nova Scotia, TPW, 2000
Perkins House, Side Elevation
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Other Name(s)

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Construction Date(s)

1766/01/01 to 1767/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/05/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located on Main Street in Liverpool, Queens County, Perkins House is a one and one half storey Cape Cod style home with a rear ell, gabled roof, two dormer windows and two red brick chimneys. The heritage designation for Perkins House includes the building and its lot.

Heritage Value

Perkins House is valued for its association with the famous Nova Scotia diarist Colonel Simeon Perkins and his diary recovered in 1897. The Colonel's diary is considered to be one of Canada's most valuable historic documents and it was from descriptions in this diary that the Perkins House was restored to its pre-1812 state.

Native to Connecticut, Perkins immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1762 where he established himself as a successful businessman active in West Indian trade and the fisheries. As a leading member of the community, Perkins was involved in many areas of local and colonial government, conducting business and entertaining royal governors, naval officers, private captains and wandering preachers in his home.

From 1767 until the year of his death in 1812, Colonel Simeon Perkins recorded in his diary, the experiences and events of everyday colonial life in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Source: Provincial Registry File No. 009, Heritage Property Program, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements associated with the house of the prominent diarist Colonel Simeon Perkins include:
-the form and massing of the house
-its rear ell
-its gable roof with two dormers and two chimneys
-the unique planked wall construction of the house
-the ochre-tinted wood shingle roof and interior finishes as recorded in Perkins' diary
-the traces of a separate and private exterior entrance to the study
-the plan of the house reinforcing the historic public and private dual function of the house

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Province of Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Provincially Registered Property

Recognition Date

1983/07/11

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1767/01/01 to 1812/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Provincial Registry found at Heritage Property Program, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

00PNS0009

Status

Published

Related Places

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