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If Buildings Could Talk: The Burke House, 2 Glencove Drive, Stratford, built 1840

The Burke House - 2 Glencove Drive - Built 1840. SKETCH BY STERLING STRATTON
The Burke House - 2 Glencove Drive - Built 1840. SKETCH BY STERLING STRATTON - The Guardian

By Sterling Stratton

‘Author/artist of “ 1000 Island Images Of Historic Interest’

Heritage Home - The Burke House is a one-and-one-half storey wood framed home that reflects the Maritime Vernacular style with its wide gable roof and large centred dormer.  The building was constructed by the Burke family in 1840 on the site of Glen Stewart Farm.  In more recent years, the building was remodeled.  During these renovations, the owners discovered that copies of the “London Times” from the 1840s had been applied to the original walls as a form of insulation.

Social Setting - In the mid 1870s, the residents were Robert and Augusta May; social visitors included the famous artistic brothers William and Robert Harris.  During their visits they played croquet, had a “bountiful meal”, and sang songs into the twilight hours.

Farm Business - By 1880, the William Burke family established a garden that grew produce to sell in Charlottetown’s Market at Queen Square.

Architectural Design - Interesting features include the stone and brick foundation, one-and-a-half storey massing, shingle cladding, gable roof with brick chimney, a variety of six-over-six windows, and attractive porch additions.

History Note  - In the early 1900s, Sir William MacDonald had the far-reaching and generous scheme of building a consolidated school in Mt. Herbert and maintaining it for three years.  To this school, students within a radius of five miles were transported by carriage in the summer and sled in winter.  Besides the basic subjects; manual training, cooking, recreational activities, gardening and modern agricultural techniques were taught.

Sign Of The Times - 1939 - Charles Worrell, a London-based lawyer, bought the smallest lot in the colony, undersized Lot 66.  The purchase added to the huge estate that he assembled in Kings County (seven lots). Unfortunately, records show that the 100,000 acre estate contained some of the worst farmland and most unruly tenants on the Island.

Sketches of Family Homes available at www.sketchesbystratton - they may be ordered from the author/artist by calling 902-367-5150 or by e-mailing

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