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Everett Smith House

3271 Highway # 3, Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, B0W, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/07/04

Side elevation showing bay window, Everett Smith House, Barrington Passage, NS, 2007.; Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Province of Nova Scotia 2007
Side Elevation
Everett Smith House, Barrington Passage, NS, 2007.; Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Province of Nova Scotia 2007
Front Elevation
View of rear ell (blocked by trees) Everett Smith House, Barrington Passage, NS, 2007.; Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Province of Nova Scotia 2007
Ell Elevation

Other Name(s)

Everett Smith House
Crowell-Smith House

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/02/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, the Everett Smith House is a large one-and-one-half storey home. This Greek Revival home has a Maritime Vernacular influence, with distinctive three-pane knee windows on the front façade. The house, barn and the land are included in the municipal heritage property designation.

Heritage Value

The Everett Smith House is valued as a fine example of the Greek Revival style with a Maritime Vernacular influence; for its association with local builder Samuel Osborne Doane; and for its historic use as the first post office in the Barrington Passage area.

The Everett Smith House is an excellent example of a Nova Scotia home inspired by the Greek Revival style commonly seen in the New England region of the United States. The house was built circa 1825 by the well known local builder Samuel Osborne Doane and is thought to be only one of five remaining. Doane, the great-grandson of an original township proprietor from New England, favoured the New England Greek Revival style and this house includes Doane’s trademark eyebrow windows directly under the eaves, popular in the New England Greek Revival style. The house was built for mariner Ebenezer Crowell, the son of original grantee Thomas Crowell. Located in the ell of the house was one of the earliest post offices in the area and was operated by Leah Crowell from 1868-1913. Crowell was the wife of Israel Crowell, the son of grantee Thomas Crowell. She also operated a store that was located on the corner of the property. "The Cape Sable Advertiser,” a local newspaper, was printed on a hand press in the barn that is still standing between 1886 and 1887. The barn was constructed in 1885 for Leah Crowell and her family.

Source: Municipality of the District of Barrington heritage files, Everett Smith file.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements of the Everett Smith Property:

- one-and-one-half storey main house;
- one-and-one-half storey rear ell;
- gabled roof on both house and ell;
- wood shingled exterior;
- four three-paned knee windows located directly under eaves;
- one large bay window on north side elevation;
- six-over-six windows on front and side elevations;
- enclosed portico, with sidelights and original front door;
- all original interior elements including doors, flooring, banister and hardware;
- "E.M. Crowell/A.W. Wilson Aug. 15 1881” etched into first storey window (referring to Emma Crowell and her future husband Morton Wilson);
- wood frame barn sided with a combination of shingled and vertical clapboard;
- stone wall running along south boundary of property.



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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Doane, Samuel Osborne

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Cape Sable Historical Society P.O. BOx 67 Barrington NS B0W 1E0 Munciipality of Barrington P.O. Box 100 BArrington NS B0W 1E0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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