Uniacke House

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

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Uniacke Estate Museum Park, just off Highway 1 on the way from Halifax to Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada, is operated by the Nova Scotia Museum, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
It is a very rare example of a 19th. Century Georgian estate, complete with it’s original furniture. It was the property of Richard John Uniacke, the Attorney-General of Nova Scotia, and was built between 1813 and 1815. Uniacke was very much a country gentleman and a farmer at heart, and spent most of his time at the estate. At that time it was on the stagecoach route from Halifax, and the coaches could be seen from the house. It was built to impress,and in addition to the mansion, included a main barn,coach house,wash house and various other buildings. Among the furnishings are beds,chairs and tables, mahogany,made and labelled by George Adams of London.and a Wedgewood creamware dessert service which was once owned by Prince Edward, the father of Queen Victoria, when he lived in Halifax. And many paintings, including family portraits.

The land included extensive pastures and to keep the cattle and sheep within their bounds, yet not ruin the views with fences, Uniacke built a “haha” wall, which is a trench dug between the landscape and the pastures, and then a stone wall is built down inside the trench, where it can’t be seen from the house. But the animals can’t cross over, and the wall is invisible to the viewer.
The Uniacke haha wall is one of only two in all of Canada.
Uniacke had a large family, most of them by his first wife who died quite young, and was a powerful and respected politician in the Nova Scotia government at the time.
With it’s original furnishings intact, it offers a rare glimpse into upper class estate lifestyle in Nova Scotia in the early 1800’s.
It is extremely well maintained and is open to the public from June 1 to October 15. The many miles of trails around the 2,300 acre estate are open all year.

A popular day trip, it’s only a short drive from Halifax on the route to the Annapolis Valley, either on Route 1 or on the trunk highway 101. A small tea house in the basement offers light refreshments, and a very competent staff provides guided tours. Outside, the many miles of trails are yours to explore.

Taken July 24, 2007 with a Sony DSCF828 camera.

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