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Blue Jay's Nest Bed and Breakfast

31 Riverside Drive, Montague, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/03/10

Showing side elevation; Province of PEI, 2007
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Showing front elevation; Province of PEI, 2007
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House with group of children, c. 1910; Garden of the Gulf Museum Collection
House with group of children, c. 1910

Other Name(s)

Blue Jay's Nest Bed and Breakfast
The Pine's Bed and Breakfast
Former MacLaren House

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/03/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Blue Jay's Nest Bed and Breakfast is an Island Ell style house with Queen Anne Revival influences. These include the beltcourse with scalloped shingles in the gables. The well preserved house is set back from the street on a treed lot.

Heritage Value

The house is valued for its architectural style; its association with early residents of Montague; and for its contribution to the streetscape.

The land on which the house was built was owned by William Emery. When he passed on in June 1857, he willed a large farm to his daughter, Victoria Jane Emery. She would later marry William C. White and sell part of her farm to Nathaniel MacLaren on April 3, 1901.

The current house was likely built by MacLaren around the turn of the 20th century. James G. MacLaren inherited the house on October 9, 1919. He was married to Ann H. Macdonald. They had no children of their own, but raised a four year old girl, Constance (Connie).

In 1959, Ann MacLaren willed the property to Constance and her second husband, William "Bill" Bears. By the mid 1960s, they left PEI for Maine, USA. They sold the property on November 21, 1966 to Allison and Anne Coneen. More recently, the property has been operated as a bed and breakfast, formerly The Pine's and currently as Blue Jay's Nest Bed and Breakfast.

The house has variously served as a residence, doctor's office, and antique shop over its long history. Today, it remains well preserved showing elements of the Island Ell style with Queen Anne Revival elements. These include the scalloped or fish scale shingles in the gable ends, as well as the beltcourse in the gables. The original design remains intact except for the removal of part of the verandah from the side of the house.

Source: Heritage Division, PEI Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/M26

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements illustrate the heritage value of the house:

- the original sandstone foundation
- the wood frame and wood shingle and clapboard exterior
- the Gable Ell style
- the original fenestration of most of the windows and doors
- the bay window
- the small verandah with brackets
- the roof dormer
- the gable roofs
- the brick chimney
- the beltcourse in the gables
- the location of the house on a treed lot



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Nathaniel MacLaren

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Division, PEI Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/M26

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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