10215 Highway 209, Diligent River, Nova Scotia, B0P, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Cannon House is a turn of the nineteenth-century, one-and-one-half-storey wood frame house located on Highway 209, in Diligent River, Nova Scotia. The building and property are included in the provincial designation.
Cannon House is valued for its architecture and for its associations with the Cannon family.
Thought to have been constructed circa 1808, homes of this age are uncommon along the Parrsboro shore. Its finely executed exterior detail especially that of the crisply defined cornice, is also uncommon in the area. It has a simple three-bay façade, return eaves and simple window and door surrounds.
The Cannon family has a significant tie to the history of Nova Scotia. The first members arrived from England with Governor Edward Cornwallis to found Halifax in 1749. This parcel of land was originally owned by Mary Cannon who was the mistress Joseph Frederick Wallett Desbarres, former aide-de-camp of General Wolf, lieutenant governor of Cape Breton and renowned cartographer. Cannon became his land agent and became a landowner herself. In 1794 Cannon purchased this land from Loyalist Eleazar Taylor using monies she received as child support from DesBarres.
John Cannon settled on this land, initially probably as a tenant of Mary, who was either his sister or cousin. Here he initially built a log house and later purchased the land. It was after his marriage in 1808 that he likely built the present structure. Cannon House passed to John's son Isaac, a sea captain, and is today in the ownership of his great-granddaughter, which means the house has remained in one family for two-hundred years.
Source: Provincial Heritage Program property file no. 106
Character-defining elements of Cannon House include:
- one-and-a-half storey wooden construction;
- detailed window and door surrounds;
- three bay front façade;
- central chimney;
-single sash, six-over-six windows;
- wood shingle cladding;
- location in agricultural setting facing the Minas Basin.
Province of Nova Scotia
Heritage Property Act
Provincially Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Provincial Heritage Program property files, no. 106, 1747 Summer Street, Haliax, Nova Scotia.
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