Our Rich History
The Willow House was built in 1840 as the residence for David Matheson, a Barrister who became Pictou's first mayor.
During the 1800s, there was continuous movement by boats between Nova Scotia and Britain. The Neo-Classical structure allowed architects the flexibility of change as new ideas came over from Britain. The universal style in form, windows and door mouldings did not change as new ideas were consequently used in construction.
The Willow House maintains these three staples: a symmetric façade, vertical sliding windows and decorative mouldings even after over 180 years since its construction.