Lawrencetown N.S. House – Likely Built 1788 by Abel Beals



I found this great photo online not too long ago of this great old house that is in the Lawrencetown area (wont say exactly where – not a primary reference source). It seems the home was built by Abel Beals approx 1755 – 23 Aug 1830. I believe that Abel was the progenitor of the large Beals presence in the Annapolis Valley.

Abel and his first wife Abigail KENT (3 Jan 1752 – 1820) are buried at the Whitman Cemetery. Abel’s second wife was Mary (Molley) MILLER (1770 – ?), I have not ascertained where she is buried.

It seems that he was most probably a pre-Loyalist settler in the Valley, from Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts

The researcher stated that the home was originally a 5 Bay Cape Cod that was elevated to a second level and the first floor added. This was one of those situations that I had always wondered about the house ‘style’. I thought it was possibly a 5 Bay Georgian (‘Loyalist’) style, but the Cape Cod (central chimney) makes much more sense – note the central upper window which seems to have been more shaped like a door with transom (?) remnants!

This home is getting tired and needs some TLC – hopefully it doesn’t end up like so many other 18th century homes that have disappeared over the past 10 years.


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