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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Comments

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture George and a great write up. Well done !!

  • Thanks Sean, glad you liked it. There are so many historic sites back home, I wish I had taken the time to really document them when I lived there. The old story, “so much to do, so little time” LOL!

    – George Cousins

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Would just love to visit this estate George, there most be a lot of individual rooms here…Imagine building that wall to keep the animals contained…I really enjoyed this read George….inst fav for me…Thanks

  • Hi Larry, glad you enjoyed the pic and write-up. It’s a beautiful place and you could spend all day there, as we did, and still not see everything.I forget the number of rooms, but there’s a lot of them, and all with original furniture. Even the outbuildings have old wagons and tools. My partner Jann loves old places and antiques , and really got into the history with the staff people. Thanks also for the fav.

    – George Cousins

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 5 years ago

    Wow! What a beautiful capture.

  • Good morning Wanda, thank you, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsover 5 years ago

    A Grande Old Lady….fabulous shot George!!! Love reading the story behind the pic! :D

  • Thanks Kathie, it’s really a lovely place, so well built and maintained, it’s a joy to visit and take the time to go through the history. I only wrote a small part here, I ’ll post some other shots soon.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    A lovely old place, George. And a very interesting write up, too. Another “must visit one day!”

  • Thanks again Mike. Most of these places are not far apart. If you can squeeze in 2 weeks sometime you can catch most of them. Using Halifax as a base and going in different directions, most of them are day trips, except Cape Breton. You’d need at least 3 or 4 days if you wanted to cover all of it fairly well.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tip, George.

  • murrstevens
    murrstevensover 5 years ago

    Been out there once for a few hours. Not inside, but will next time around. A great capture.

  • Hi, glad to meet a fellow Nova Scotian even though I’m on the west coast at present. Hope to be back again in a few weeks to visit family in Bedford and Middle Sackville. Glad you liked the pic and I’m sure you’d enjoy going through the House, it’s quite amazing inside.

    – George Cousins

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    A beautiful place, and you have captured it well!!!

  • Many thanks for the kind words, and glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Home somewhere…..”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Hi Graham, many thanks again, I’m happy to see the lovely old home get a Feature, it’s a real historical gem.

    – George Cousins

  • nancie
    nanciealmost 5 years ago

    wow amazing photo!!!!!

  • Hi Nancie, and thanks very much..really appreciated!

    – George Cousins

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