Campbell-Rose House, Strathlorne

by Ned MacDonald

Campbell-Rose House, StrathlorneThe Campbell House was built circa 1860's by Alexander Campbell, teacher, merchant, and prominent politician in the government of Joseph Howe. He was elected to the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia in 1867 on an anti-Confederate platform that was critical of the methods employed by the legislature in passing a resolution accepting the scheme of Confederation without submitting the same to the people. In 1878 he joined the ranks of the militant Liberal-Conservatives, a conglomerate of special interest groups, headed on the federal level by John A. Macdonald and G.E. Cartier. Alexander Campbell served the people of Inverness County for sixteen years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. During that time he was visited by the Marquis of Lorne, then the Governor-General of Canada. In honor of the visit of the oldest son of the chief of Clan Campbell, Alexander Campbell changed the name "Broad Cove Intervale" to "Strathlorne". "Strath" is Gaelic for "broad valley" and "Lorne" was the title of the Marquis.

As of 1991, there are two Provincial Heritage properties in Inverness County: the Campbell-Rose house and Peter Smyth house in Port Hood.

The house itself is of a style not seen in many parts of Cape Breton. Constructed in a unique Gothic revival architectural style it features a single, third-floor gable with a very steep roof. Set in the gable are two Gothic windows in their original condition. Nearby is the Church and graveyard that contains the remains of Campbell, his family, and other members of the family.

Presently, the house belongs to Rev. Cecil and Helen Rose of Gloucester, Massachusetts who took over the property in 1972.