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Elizabeth Bishop House gifted to Great Village society

The kitchen of the Elizabeth Bishop House in June 2016. Someone was living in the house at that time. File photo
The kitchen of the Elizabeth Bishop House in June 2016. Someone was living in the house at that time. File photo

GREAT VILLAGE, N.S. – The Elizabeth Bishop House will soon be inspiring more art if things go according to plan.

In mid-November the house was gifted to the St. James Church of Great Village Preservation Society, which hopes it can be used as an artist’s retreat.

“The Elizabeth Bishop House is an amazing piece of history,” said Laurie Gunn, a member of the preservation society and the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. “It’s got a really nice feeling. When we were offered it I spent some time convincing the preservation society that it would be wonderful to have it as an artists retreat again.”

Bishop was a poet and short story writer who spent much of her early childhood in Great Village with her grandparents, her mother and aunts. The house her grandparents owned is now a registered heritage property.

“I lived in Great Village for four years and I fell in love with it,” said Gunn. “When I heard her poem about Great Village I was like, ‘Wow!’

“The house has been here 150 years and it’s quirky but it’s Elizabeth Bishop that makes it so wonderful. She walked up the steep stairs and slept in the house.”

Gunn has been in the house when people, including a visitor from Ireland, stopped by and asked it they could look around.

A sub committee of the preservation society, consisting of Gunn, Joy Laking and Sandra Barry, will work on a plan for the house to be used as an artist’s retreat. They are also looking at organizing a two-week residency for an artist. They hope to have plans in place by May 2018.

Anyone wishing to donate to the project can make a cheque out to the

“S.J.C.G.V. Preservation Society” or “The Elizabeth Bishop Society” (memo: EB House) and mail it to Laurie Gunn, 178 Parkwood South, Truro Heights, Nova Scotia, B6L 1P3. A charitable tax receipt is available if requested.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/ebretreat/ or email

ebishoprretreat@gmail.com.

 

 

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