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Woodbine Cottage

6049 Rte. 12, Port Hill, Prince Edward Island, C0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/10/25

Front elevation; Province of PEI, F. Pound, 2009
Front elevation
Front facade detail; Province of PEI, F. Pound, 2009
Front facade detail
Woodbine Cottage; Illustrated Historical Atlas of PEI, JH Meacham, 1880
Woodbine Cottage

Other Name(s)

Woodbine Cottage
Newcombe House

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2013/12/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Woodbine Cottage is a single gable, 1 ½ storey residence with fine Greek Revival architectural detailing located in Port Hill, Prince Edward Island.

Heritage Value

Woodbine Cottage is valued as a fine example of mid-Victorian architectural style and design, and for its importance to the community.

This finely crafted cottage is a point of pride for the district of Port Hill. A sketch of Woodbine Cottage was included in the "Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Province of Prince Edward Island" published in 1880 by the J. H. Meacham Company. The cottage features elaborate and unique hood moldings over its windows that are highly recognizable as people drive past the cottage.

The cottage was built in 1868 for merchant and land speculator Hugh A. Ramsay. Unlike the large farms around the cottage, the property included just 7 acres of land. In 1864, Ramsay purchased land in Summerside and in 1866, he applied for a license to operate a store in Port Hill. Ramsay bought 129 acres of property from Alfred Brown in 1868, and the next year acquired an additional 50 acres. Ramsay was a successful merchant and served as a county court clerk. By 1891, Ramsay and his wife Maggie appear to be have left Prince Edward Island. Woodbine Cottage passed through a series of owners being a known as a perfectly-sized starter home or place for locals who were retiring. The Newcombe family owned the property from the 1970s through 1990s.

Woodbine Cottage continues to be an important architectural landmark in the community of Port Hill.

Source: Heritage Division, Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE
File #: 4310-20/W11

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the building is shown in the following character-defining elements:

- the storey and a half massing, with simple gabled roof on the main body of the house
- the steeply pitched roof
- the front verandah with squared posts topped by a wide moulding
- the gingerbread embellishments with circular design on the upper corners of the verandah posts
- the window trim on the front facade
- the triangular hoods above the second and third storey windows
- the wide eaves
- the corner boards
- the wood shingled walls
- the wide fascia boards under eaves
- the sandstone foundation with concrete face



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


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Source: Heritage Division, Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE File #: 4310-20/W11

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