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Morgan House Municipal Heritage Site

Morgan House, Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, NL
Morgan House, Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, NL
Morgan House, Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, NL

Statement of Significance

Formal Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Description of Historic Place

Morgan House is a one-and-a-half storey house with a steeply-pitched gable roof. Built in 1840, this property was used by the Morgan family for farming. It is located in Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Morgan House has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Conception Bay South due to its aesthetic and historic values.

Aesthetically, this small, sharp-peaked gable roofed house is a good surviving example of a mid-nineteenth century house type, and one of the few remaining examples of this type in the region. The house is a fine example of the type of dwellings built by fisherman and farmers in Newfoundland during the 1800s. It was constructed in the 1840s for Henry Morgan, by himself and his brothers Abraham and John, in the nearby community of Bareneed. On July 19th, 1888 the three brothers received a Crown Grant of land in Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, and the house was dragged across the ice to Seal Cove. Henry Morgan occupied the northeastern portion of the land, with Abraham and John sharing the southern portion. As a result of the move the house was left without a foundation. Currently, the house still sits on rock and mud, making it a unique structure in Conception Bay South. The overall decoration on the house is quite simple and the front facade is symmetrical - reflective of outport building styles in the 1800s.

Morgan House has historic value because of its associations with Henry Morgan, a well known citizen of Seal Cove. He contributed greatly to the community and was well known for his farming activities. While living on the property, Henry grew vegetables and berries and raised horses, cows, sheep, pigs and turkeys. Many generations of his family occupied the home over the years and it is well-known in the community as “The Morgan House.”

Morgan House has further historic value as it is representative of a way of life once common in the region. Conception Bay South was once a major farming area, supplying much meat, milk and vegetables to the city of St. John’s. While farming is still an important part of the economy of the town, it is not as common an enterprise as it once was.

Source: Town of Conception Bay South Regular Council Meeting Motion 09-339 September 1, 2009.

Character Defining Elements

All original features which relate to the age, simplicity and vernacular design of the home including:
- number of storeys;
- steeply pitched gable roof;
- dimension and location of porch on left gable end;
- narrow wooden clapboard;
- corner boards;
- window size, style, trim and placement;
- size, style, trim and placement of exterior doors;
- shed dormer placement, size and style;
- dormer window size and style;
- simplicity of exterior decoration and detail, and;
- dimension, location and orientation of building.

Location and History

Community Conception Bay South (Seal Cove)
Municipality Town of Conception Bay South
Civic Address 035 Indian Pond Drive, Seal Cove
Construction (circa) 1840 - 1840
Henry, Abraham and John Morgan
Style 19th Century Vernacular
Building Plan Rectangular Long Façade
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