DSC00674 - Uniacke House
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Uniacke Estate Museum Park is part of the estate of the late Attorney-General Richard John Uniacke (1753-1830). The house was built between 1813 and 1815, it is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Canada.
It was built as a summer home and was located along the stage coach route from Halifax to Windsor.
Richard John Uniacke
In 1776, Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, was unsuccessfully attacked by American Revolutionary sympathizers from Maine. Uniacke was involved in trading in the area so he was arrested on suspicion of treason. He was taken to Halifax as a prisoner, the charge against him was later dropped. He returned to Ireland where he was born to complete his legal training and later returned to Nova Scotia in 1781 and was appointed Solicitor General. In the following years Uniacke was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, became the Speaker of the House and got an appointment as Advocate General in the Nova Scotia Vice-Admiralty Court.
Uniacke had 12 children. He maintained a home in Halifax and his country estate at Mount Uniacke was completed by 1815. The 11,000 acre estate was a symbol of Uniacke’s success.
He died at Mount Uniacke in 1830 after a long career as a lawyer and politician. He had served as Attorney General from 1797, with 49 of his 77 years devoted to public service in Nova Scotia