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John Boynton House

348 Dock Road, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/01/11

The John Boynton House after renovations in 1986; Evelyn Peters
John Boynton House, 1986
The John Boynton House before renovations in 1986; Evelyn Peters
John Boynton House, pre-1986
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Other Name(s)

John Boynton House
Hilltop House
Maison Hilltop

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Construction Date(s)

1865/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/04/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The John Boynton House sits high on a hilltop on Dock Road overlooking the front of Grand Manan Island and has views of Long Island and Long Island Bay. It consists of a shingled one-and-a-half storey L-form vernacular residence from the mid-19th century.

Heritage Value

The John Boynton House is designated a Local Historic Place for being one of the last remaining structures associated with the extensive lumber harvesting industry and farming on Grand Manan Island and for its interesting history resulting in its current configuration. This house was built in two parts. In 1865, John Boynton built the main house. He owned and operated a lumber mill at the bottom of the hill on which the house sits. Another nearby house was under construction in 1869 when the famous Saxby Gale blew through. The unfinished structure was twisted by the strong winds. John Boynton purchased it and moved it to attach to his house. It is still twisted slightly. A large barn was then attached to the house and is still there today. The house remains in the hands of Boynton’s descendents. From 1983 to 1987, John Boyton’s granddaughter operated a bed and breakfast from the home.

Source: Grand Manan Archives – Local Historic Places files

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the John Boynton House include:
- one-and-a-half storey L-form, resulting from two separate house being joined together;
- slight twist to the second section of the house, the result of the Saxby Gale;
- unpainted shingle sheathing;
- moderately-pitched gable roof with slight eave returns;
- large barn attached to the back of the house.

The character- defining elements relating to the interior include:
- original stairway;
- two original tin ceilings.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date

2010/01/11

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1983/01/01 to 1987/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

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

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

John Boynton

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Grand Manan Archives, 1141 Route 776, Grand Manan, NB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2047

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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