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Government House

Government House Review

Built between 1799 and 1805 for Sir John Wentworth, the Loyalist governor of New Hampshire, and his racy wife, Fannie (Thomas Raddall's novel The Governor's Lady tells their story), this elegant house has since been the official residence of the province's lieutenant governor—the Queen's representative. It's North America's oldest consecutively occupied government residence because the White House, while older, was evacuated and burned during the War of 1812. Its construction of Nova Scotian stone was engineered by a Virginian Loyalist, Isaac Hildrith.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1451 Barrington St., Halifax, NS, B3J 1Z2 | Map It
  • Phone: 902/424–7001
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tours July and Aug., Fri. and Mon. 11–4, weekends 10–4
  • Website:
  • Location: Halifax
Updated: 11-15-2013

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