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Westway Inn

5 French Road, Plympton, Nova Scotia, B0W, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/03/22

Front Perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Westway Inn, Front Perspective
Side Elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Westway Inn, Side Elevation
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Other Name(s)

Westway Inn
Sam Deveau's Hotel

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Construction Date(s)

1830/01/01 to 1835/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/08/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Situated between the towns of Digby and Weymouth, Samuel Deveau's Hotel is an early Gothic Revival home with a low pitch gable roof and is currently occupied by the Sissiboo Veterinary Clinic. Both the building and the surrounding property are included in the heritage designation.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Westway Inn is its role in the community, its history and age. The Gothic Revival style house was built in the 1830s for Samuel Deveau, who was a French-speaking Acadian originally from Clare. He later operated it a hotel and stagecoach stop on the route from Digby to Weymouth. The hotel, then known as Sam Deveau's Hotel, played a significant role in the formation of Digby County’s transportation system at a time when no train service was available. The hotel was also the birthplace of Samuel’s son Oliver who discovered the abandoned ship the Mary Celeste, an infamous maritime mystery. The house was sold and later became the Westway Inn. Presently it serves as a veterinary clinic.

Source: Built Heritage Inventory, Municipality of the District of Digby.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Westway Inn include:
- heavy capping over doors and windows and heavy cornice returns;
- form and massing;
- indentation of the doorway;
- six-over-six style windows.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

1993/03/22

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type

Current

Health and Research
Animal Care Facility

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn
Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Built Heritage Inventory, Office of the Municipality of the District of Digby, P.O. Box 429, Digby, NS B0V 1A0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

17MNS0024

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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