Artist Perpetua Quigley shares her beautiful watercolour sketch and Haiku of Hartin House and cottage on Maple Grove Road in Stittsville. Perpetua shares, “as we are on the cusp of late fall and winter, the scene is with the last full moon of the year”.
moon before the yule
icicles cling to the eaves
sheltered from winter
Patrick Hartin, who was born in County Antrim in Ireland in 1795 came to Canada with his wife Mary Kenly who was born in 1796. It is believed that they immigrated to Canada about 1824. They settled on 100 acres of land, now known as Maple Grove, which was cleared for farming.
The little stone cottage (circa 1851) on the property was originally a blacksmith shop with a metal roof, full-width covered veranda with decorative brackets, and stone chimneys in gable ends. It has an asymmetrical façade with its main entry flanked by wood windows. It also served as the family home for six daughters and three sons before the building of the farmhouse. The cottage was one of only a handful of structures to survive the great fire of 1870 that swept the region. The mother perished after she secured her children’s safety.
The farmhouse, circa 1886, was built from quarried stone on the acreage. It is an L-shaped design with cross-gabled roof, wood bargeboard, contrasting stone quoins, arched window voussoirs, stone sills and an open porch.
As both the farmhouse and cottage are designated heritage buildings, Mattamy Homes will respect their historical significance amidst a new development of homes.