268 Woolastook Drive, Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick, E5K, Canada
268 Woolastook Drive
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Stevens Homestead is an attractive one and a half storey home with a front gable breaking the roofline, and clad in brown shingles. The house is built on a hill, slightly below the main road at 268 Woolastock Drive.
The Stevens Homestead is designated a local historic place for its association with the Stevens family, and for its heritage value as the oldest farmhouse in the town.
Shubel Stevens (1752-1825), a Loyalist and native of New Haven, Connecticut, came to “Parrtown,” now Saint John, in 1783. He was granted a small town lot but did not settle there; a 200 acre grant in the area of Grand Bay-Westfield historically known as “Ingleside” followed. Stevens, a carpenter-turned-farmer, prospered and acquired at least 600 more acres of land in short order. Upon his death his property was divided amongst his children, with the house and farm bequeathed to his son Benjamin (1799-1867). Benjamin further subdivided the property in his will, giving the house and farm to his youngest son William Bartlett. The property passed to other members of the Stevens family and has continued to be owned and inhabited by descendants of Shubel Stevens up to the present day.
The massing of the house has retained its integrity, with renovations and modernizations completed in a manner sensitive to its age and original design.
Source: Grand Bay-Westfield Historic Place files: Stevens Homestead
Character Defining Elements of the house include:
- location on the original Stevens land grant;
- original characteristics of the home, including location and massing.
Local Governments (NB)
Heritage Conservation Act
Local Historic Place (municipal)
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Grand Bay-Westfield Historic Places files, Town Hall, 609 River Valley Dive, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB
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