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What was under the wallpaper? Annapolis Royal’s Painted Room revealed on May 15

Conservator Ann Shaftel was brought in to uncover an extensive mural under the wallpaper in an upstairs room at Annapolis Royal’s Sinclair Inn Museum in the summer of 2016. West Nova MP toured the museum and even helped Shaftel gently scrape away the moistened wallpaper using a scalpel. He’ll be back on May 15 for the Painted Room’s official opening.
Conservator Ann Shaftel was brought in to uncover an extensive mural under the wallpaper in an upstairs room at Annapolis Royal’s Sinclair Inn Museum in the summer of 2016. West Nova MP toured the museum and even helped Shaftel gently scrape away the moistened wallpaper using a scalpel. He’ll be back on May 15 for the Painted Room’s official opening. - Lawrence Powell

MP to speak at official opening

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS – The Annapolis Heritage Society will host the official opening of its Painted Room at the Sinclair Inn Museum May 15.

West Nova MP Colin Fraser will speak at the opening. He was at the museum in July of 2016 and helped conservator Ann Shaftel scrape away some of the old wallpaper that covered up a mural that is almost 200 years old.

The Painted Room is located on the second floor of the Sinclair Inn Museum. The mural was discovered by accident in the 1960s when some wallpaper started peeling and there seemed to be painted images underneath.

Thanks to funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, Ms. Patricia Townsend, and the Nicholson Foundation the mural were carefully revealed. You can see the room on the Annapolis Heritage Society’s website here.

National Historic Site

The Sinclair Inn is the earliest surviving Acadian building in Canada and is a National Historic Site within the National Historic District of Annapolis Royal.

In the early 1700s, the Sinclair Inn became an important centre of activity, not only as a tavern and a place to rent a bed, but also the location where the first Masonic lodge in Canada held its meetings, and the site of court-ordered property auctions carried out by the High Sheriff of Annapolis County. This activity would continue well into the early 1800s.

In the early 1980s, a major re-development of the Annapolis Royal downtown area took place. The historical importance of the Sinclair Inn became evident, and in 1981 the Heritage Canada Foundation purchased the building, eventually passing it into the hands of the Annapolis Heritage Society. A substantial amount of work was done on the building to stabilize it. About the same time, it was designated as a Provincial Heritage building.

The official opening of the Painted Room takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15. Sinclair Inn is located at 230 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal.

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