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Halifax Sights

Government House

  • 1451 Barrington St. Map It
  • Halifax
  • Government Building

Updated 11/15/2013

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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.

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1451 Barrington St., Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1Z2, Canada

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  • Free
  • Tours July and Aug., Fri. and Mon. 11–4, weekends 10–4

Updated 11/15/2013


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