Welcome to Strathlorne, Mr. Thompson

              Strathlorne, Upper Stewiacke

Nova Scotia’s property naming tradition was enjoying a healthy and rich existence at the beginning of the twentieth century.  Many image-conscious citizens gave their properties a name in order to make a statement about themselves and their home.  A named home carried a sort of cachet that indicated a degree of respectability and culture among its inhabitants.  Such esteemed families would choose a name based on any number of inspirations, though the most common dealt with geography, flora and fauna, family name, or lifestyle.  By way of example, Oaklands, Maple Leaf Cottage, and Elmhurst all derive inspiration from notable trees associated with the property.

Alexander Graham Bell’s, Beinn Breagh, is very likely the best known named estate in Nova Scotia.  The English translation, beautiful mountain, lacks the romantic lyric of the Gaelic language – the use of which somehow lends credence to Bell’s assertion of it being the most beautiful place in the world.

Vineberg & Fulton, is seeking information on the property names of historic homes of Nova Scotia.  We are also interested in learning the stories behind the names as some origins are less than obvious. While Hillcrest and Riverside are no-brainers, Tivoli and Struan are certainly both head-scratchers and remain puzzling without associated context.

If you have any historic house naming traditions to share from your local area, please assist with this interesting research that will add to our understanding of Nova Scotia’s rich built heritage.  Please send information to housestories@eastlink.ca.

Posted by Joe Oct 29, 2011 Posted in Publications & Research 1 Comment

One Response to "Welcome to Strathlorne, Mr. Thompson"

  1. Nicki says:

    I just wanted to let you know that many residents of Chester still practice this. Houses have their name written on signs out front.