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George Gracie House

36 Dock Street, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/06/16

George Gracie House, Side Perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Side Perspective
George Gracie House and Guest House, Side Elevation, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Side Elevation
George Gracie House and Guest House, Rear Perspective, 2004; Heritage Division, NS Dept. Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2004
Rear Perspective

Other Name(s)

George Gracie House
Cooper's Inn

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1780/01/01 to 1800/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/01

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

George Gracie House is a late eighteenth century, two storey, three bay façade, Georgian style house with Italianate influences. The house, and the adjoining guest house, sit directly on Dock Street overlooking the harbour in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The house, guest house, and surrounding property are included in the heritage designation.

Heritage Value

George Gracie House is valued for its association with George Gracie, a merchant, ship owner and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. Gracie emigrated from Scotland to Boston prior to the American Revolution. Following the outbreak of the Revolution, he came to Nova Scotia, as did many Americans who supported the British monarchy, and settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, where he built this home. Gracie was one of only a few Loyalist merchants and ship-owners to survive a severe economic decline and depopulation of Shelburne that occurred from the late 1780’s onwards. He proved to be successful as a West Indian trader in peacetime, and in wartime, was the co-owner of the privateer “Nelson.”

The George Gracie House is also valued architecturally as a Georgian style house with Italianate influences. Built in the late eighteenth century, the house served the Gracie family both as their residence and, as was common in that day, a store. The house and carriage house have undergone some renovations and presently both are operated as a bed and breakfast.

Source: Notice of Registration of Property as a Provincial Heritage Property, Provincial Property Heritage File no. 99.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the George Gracie House include:

- smooth-looking shingled exterior;
- granite foundation;
- all features of the Georgian style including: steeply pitched hip roof; three bay symmetrical façade; two-quarter inset chimneys; molded trim and a four light transom surrounding front door; six-over-six and four-over-four paned windows, and front shutters; two storey bay window with molded trim framing the upstairs of the bay.
- all features of the Italianate Style including: deep eave overhang and support brackets around the house including the decorative support brackets under the overhang of the two storey bay window; bracketed hoods over windows; widow’s walk.
Character-defining elements of the Guest House include:

- smooth-looking wood shingled exterior;
- steeply pitched gable roof.



Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Province of Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Provincially Registered Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Provincial Registry found at Heritage Property Program, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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