Uniacke House, Mount Uniacke, NS

Uniacke House, Mount Uniacke, NS

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Uniacke House, Mount Uniacke, NS

Uniacke House was built between 1813-1815 by Richard John Uniacke, the Irish émigré whose political and financial fortunes rose from unlikely beginnings.  It is said that the young Uniacke first set eyes on the site for his future estate in 1776 while being transported in irons to Halifax for trial on charges of treason.  Waiting hangman be damned, the ever optimistic Uniacke vowed to his escorts that he would one day build the colony’s grandest home here by the idyllic lake.  As it turned out the hangman was disappointed, but Uniacke seldom was.  In its time and situation, Uniacke House was a bold statement of wealth and power fuelled by the freebooting opportunities of imperial wars and political favour.  Palladian ostentation may be the external measure of Uniacke House, the interior tells a story of warm domesticity.  The Old Attorney General, as he came to be known, fathered a dozen children and that family life is much in evidence in this mansion, which passed from the Uniacke family to the Province in 1939 and is now a proud part of the Nova Scotia Museum system.