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Front door of the Easson House, Lequille, Annapolis County

Exerpted from 'Seasoned Timbers: Volume I: A Sampling of Historic Buildings Unique to Western Nova Scotia' (Halifax, 1972), p. 93: Scotsman John Easson, was commissioned a Master Artificer in 1737 by the Board of Ordnance in London and stationed at Fort Anne. He was granted the lands at Lequille of the French miller Gautier after 1745 on condition he maintain the mill. This Easson house of 1799 was built on the Easson lands by another John Easson, grandson of the first John, and was subsequently occupied by the descendants of his brother Alexander Easson until 1958. With a central entrance and chimney, the house has the marked plainness of detail characteristic of earlier Planter houses. The classical pediment and fanlight provide a suggestion of the elegance introduced by the Loyalists after 1783. The house is a private residence.

Date: ca.1972

Artist: Walter Morrison, Photographer

Reference: MG 30, Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Series I, vol. 1, no. 1.

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