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Robert and Lucinda MacDonald House

14860 Highway 19, Strathlorne, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/05/14

Dormer window, MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House, Strathlorne, Nova Scotia; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2002
Dormer Window
Front view, MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House, Strathlorne, Nova Scotia; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2002
Front View
Interior window detail, MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House, Strathlorne, Nova Scotia; Heritage Division, NS Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2002
Interior Window Detail

Other Name(s)

Robert and Lucinda MacDonald House
MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House
Bob and Cindy MacDonald House

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/01/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House is located in Strathlorne, Inverness County, Nova Scotia. A one-and-one-half storey frame house, it was situated on the high side of the road across from George Daniel MacLeod's store. The house and surrounding property are included in the municipal designation.

Heritage Value

The house is valued for its association with one of the successful merchants of the area and for its architectural features.

The house was constructed by George Daniel MacLeod (1852 – 1929) circa 1880 to accommodate his growing family as well as to reflect his status as a prosperous merchant. George was the son of Isaac MacLeod. Isaac was born at St. Ann’s, Victoria County but moved to Inverness County as a young man. He married Euphemia Todd Laurence, daughter of Sherriff George C. Laurence of Port Hood. Isaac MacLeod was the first man to start merchandising on any considerable scale in Strathlorne.

The MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House is a one-and-a-half storey modified Gothic house. Along the road the house looks of average proportion until one sees it from the side when the large kitchen ell presents itself. The modified Gothic house has a dominant peaked Greek Revival single gable dormer in the centre of the steeply pitched roof suited for heavy rain and snowfall. The dormer overlooks the front door which is surrounded by narrow window lights on three sides. The dormer window with its rounded top reminds many onlookers of a church window, the window still retains its original lead glass with bubbles throughout. The period windows are arranged with two over two lights, typical of the day. The entire house is clad in clapboards with a narrow exposure to the weather. Evidence can be seen of the use of hand tools at work to plan the boards smooth. The front of the home is spanned by a verandah with pediment dormer above the door. The house sits upon a solid foundation of hewn stone which has not faltered over the years. The interior boasts hardwood floors, a large central staircase and six fireplaces.

Source: Municipality of the County of Inverness, Municipal Heritage Files, MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House related to its modified Gothic Revival style include:
- one-and-a-half storey wood construction;
- steeply pitched gable roof;
- central dormer with arched window;
- centre door with porch;
- full triangular pediment above door;
- classical trim and sidelights on either side of the door;
- palladian window with original lead glass and bubbles throughout;
- verandah with gingerbread and saw tooth trim.

Other character-defining elements of the MacLeod-Haig-MacDonald House include:
- later Victorian double-hung sash windows with two panes over two panes;
- solid foundation of hewn stone.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



MacLeod, George Daniel

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Chestico Museum & Historical Society, 8095 Route 19, Port Hood, Nova Scotia, B0E 2W0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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