17 George Street, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T, Canada
Links and documents
1784/01/01 to 1784/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Shakespear House dates from the Loyalist settling of Shelburne and is located in the heart of the original town plot. With a symmetrical, five bay, unadorned façade, and salt box style, the house provides and excellent reminder of the town’s Loyalist history. Provincial designation applies to the house and lot.
Shakespear House is valued for its age, architecture and construction materials.
Shakespear House is thought to have been built in 1784 by Stephen Shakespear. Shakespear was commissioned in 1783 in New York by Sir Guy Carleton to lead a company of Loyalists, who were fleeing the American Revolution, to settle in Port Roseway, now Shelburne. This undertaking was organized by several hundred Loyalists who joined together to form the Port Roseway Associates, aimed as settling in Nova Scotia. Shakespear and nine others chosen by Carleton were given 500 acre lots along the Port Roseway River and a one acre lot in the town plot. By February 1784 over one thousand houses were built in the area, and over eight hundred were 'log houses.' These were pieces of timber framed together at the ends and sometimes covered with clapboard. Shakespear operated a store from this house for a short time, until it was sold to David Shakespear.
The original form of the house was a plain, rectangle with a gabled roof set flush with the ground on a granite foundation. An extension was added to the rear giving it a salt box appearance as the roof line was altered. It has a five bay symmetrical façade with some minor dentil decoration on the front façade. The original large stone chimney remains.
Source: Provincial Heritage Property Files, no. 109
Character-defining elements of Shakespear House include:
- all evidence of original log construction;
- original stone chimney;
- wooden clapboard siding;
- location in original town plot;
- cedar shingles on roof;
- stone hearths;
- five bay symmetrical façade;
- simple façade, no decoration with exception of dentils.
Province of Nova Scotia
Heritage Property Act
Provincially Registered Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Provincial Heritage Property Office, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS.
Cross-Reference to Collection