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St. George's Church

9415 Highway 337, Georgeville, Nouvelle-Écosse, B2G, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1995/06/20

Side view of St. George's Church.; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009.
Side Perspective
St. George's Church exterior view.; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009.
Side Front Perspective
Front view of St. George's Church.; Heritage Division, N.S. Dept. of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009.
Front Perspective

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Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1860/01/01 à 1871/12/31

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2009/10/22

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

St. George's Church is a two-storey, Gothic Revival Roman Catholic Church located in a quiet setting in Georgeville, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. Construction was begun in 1860 and completed in 1871. The cemetery was established during the construction of the church. The building and property which includes a cemetery adjacent to, and across the road from the church are included in the municipal designation.

Valeur patrimoniale

St. George's Church is valued for its association with the history of Roman Catholic settlement in Georgeville, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. The first place of worship in the area was a small chapel built at Morar in 1830, about four kilometres north of Georgeville. In time there was a need for a larger church and construction was begun at the Georgeville location on July 22nd, 1860. The Morar chapel was hauled to this site and incorporated into the new building; it serves as a vestry for St. George's Church. A cornerstone was laid in which a sealed bottle was inserted containing several coins and a document written in Latin and English. The document listed the names of several individuals involved in the construction of the church including Peter MacKenzie, architect; John Smith, framer; Thomas Brown, mason. As well several building committee members were identified.

St. George's Church is valued for its association with well-known builder, Colin McLean, West River, Antigonish County. It is known that during the last phase of construction of the church McLean saw the job completed. He would become one of the leading contractors of piers, wharves, and terminal facilities in Baltimore, Maryland and founder of "McLean Contracting Company". Among construction contracts he worked on were the Williamsburg Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. He cleared Johnstown, Pennsylvannia, after a devasting flood on May 31, 1889. The work included burying over 2,000 dead.

St. George's Church is valued as an example of Gothic Revival style architecture in mid-to-late nineteenth century Nova Scotia. The church features traditional Gothic elements such as a central double doorway, symmetrical three-bay facade with truncated central tower. Two rows of Gothic windows run along both sides of building and Gothic windows flank the main entrance. The foundation is stone. The adjacent cemetery contains stones from the pioneer families and stones to the present day.

Source: Registered heritage property file no. 843. Municipality of the County of Antigonish, 285 Beech Hill Road, Antigonish, NS B2G 2L4.

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of St. George's Church include:
- symmetrical three-bay facade;
- Gothic windows flanking entrance;
- two rows of Gothic windows with tracery;
- truncated tower;
- cemetery with stones of local pioneer families.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (N.-É.)

Loi habilitante

Heritage Property Act

Type de reconnaissance

Bien inscrit au répertoire municipal

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
La philosophie et la spiritualité
Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
L'architecture et l'aménagement

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Religion, rituel et funéraille
Centre religieux ou lieu de culte
Religion, rituel et funéraille
Site funéraire, cimetière ou enclos

Architecte / Concepteur

MacKenzie, Peter


Smith, John

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Registered Heritage Property file no. 843 Beech Hill Road, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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