Mount Uniacke Estate Park

25 04 2011

On Saturday, we headed to Mount Uniacke Estate Park. The house here was built, in 1813, as a summer home for Richard John Uniacke, a Nova Scotian Attorney-General.

Of Irish descent, Uniacke  modeled the property after the Irish country estates he had known as a child.

The house is of Georgian design with large porticos.

There is the original carriage house

with a weather vane

An avenue of European ash trees goes from the house down to the lake, where there would have been a boat house.

Richard Uniacke called the lake Martha Lake after his wife.

We heard the laughing cry of a woodpecker and looked up to see a PILEATED WOODPECKER!!! above us. I have been hoping to see one of these birds since coming to Canada and saw one last week-end, when I had no camera.

This bird is about the size of a crow, but has this lovely red hat.

It was very busy making a nice nesting hole.

There are several hiking trails around the estate and we headed off for a good walk.

This is the Old Post Road, the original road from Halifax to Windsor. A stagecoach travelled this road daily, the 20 mile journey taking 4 hours! It must have been a comfortable trip!

There are a great many dead and dying trees on the estate.

Some looking quite majestic.

This squirrel was not pleased to see us.

Despite the dying trees, there is a fantastic regrowth of young trees.

In some places the trees cover the path.

We planned to take this track below, but it was like a river bed. We continued around the Wetlands Trail and still had to make several detours to avoid wading in water.

We made it back to the house and looked for the pileated woodpecker.

He had finished his construction, or destruction and had settled into his new home.

The house is now a museum, but was closed for the winter.

You can take a look inside on this virtual tour.

I see that the house originally had a flat roof!

I love the bedspread in the master bedroom that was woven in a mill in Lancashire. It must be nearly 200 years old and yet still looks like new.




5 responses

29 04 2011

Oh how lovely set of photos. I especially loved that manor. It is really looking so awesome. We few manors here and I have been in one of them long for time ago.

Old Post Road seemed to be very interesting also. To sit onboard of Martha Lake might be so calming; lovely looking place. I love also Your photos from “Woody wood Pecker”. I have not seen that kind of woodpecker here.

It was a great pleaser to me to make a journey with You.

I just finished looking at television. Guess what we were looking? Okay, You know it, because the royal married couple will make their first official trip to Canada.

29 04 2011

Excellent photos – worth the wait!

5 05 2011

Thanks for the lovely visit to Uniacke House – I haven’t been there in a long time, but it’s one of my favourites among the NS Museums chain – Richard John Uniacke was a very young man when he left Ireland to seek his fortune in the New World. After an unproductive stay in the West Indies, he moved to Philafelphia where he met a patron who was intent on settling people on lands forcibly vacated by the Acadians and deeded to him. While in that area, the American Revolution began and Uniacke was suspected of being involved with the pro-independence movement – you may not know that Nova Scotia was the fourteenth colony and could have joined the other 13. By this time Uniacke had cemented his good future by falling for his patron’s daughter Martha – only 12 or 13 at the time. Uniacke was arrested with other conspirators and marched to Halifax from Chignecto. While stopped by the shore of the lake he vowed to build his home here when his fortunes improved. He was apparently let go and took boat for Ireland again where he studied law before returning to marry his Martha and make his fortune.
The interior of the house is striking – a must see – and there is a tearoom in the massive basement kitchen.
Beautiful pictures of the pileated woodpecker – snags or dead trees are home to this bird and also shelter birds of prey – eagles, osprey and hawks – providing a good vantage point from which to hunt.

7 05 2011

Thank you for commenting on my post and giving me some of the history of the place. Thank goodness Nova Scotia did not end up another American State or I would not be enjoying it now. The pileated woodpecker was the highlight of my visit.

5 08 2011

Lovely post. Great pictures!

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