Handsomely situated across the road from the historic Rideau Canal, this lovely stone home was built circa 1840 by stone-masons originally recruited to work on the Rideau Canal. The house was originally built for local magistrate George Doherty (Dougherty) on 200 acres that was a “clergy reserve”. His grave is in the small McGuigan Pioneer Cemetery down the road, one of the oldest burying grounds in Eastern Ontario. The house is beautifully appointed with early Canadiana antiques and cross and bible doors throughout. The staircase has an unconventional S-scroll newel. The exterior fancy Greek-inspired trim shows abundant detail; a louvered fanlight, half-moon windows and a sophisticated cornice with extravagant diamond-shaped trim. The dining room and living room benefit from the generous portions of the extra-wide Venetian windows (note panelled reveals). Originally the house relied on stove heat, although a kitchen fireplace is on hand for cooking (in the tail, or summer kitchen). A more stylish hearth graces the living room. The mantel with moulded pilasters , takes its cue from the English Adams style, very popular in the early 19th century.  Folk singer Bruce Cockburn’s parents lived in this home in the 1960’s.