The Captain John Smith House (circa 1840)
Built around 1840, The Captain John Smith house is one of the oldest homes in Georgetown. Originally, it was a smaller house, about half its current size-an addition was added to accommodate the family. You can still see the original exterior shingles on a wall that runs up the centre of the attic. A classic maritime saltbox it has weathered hurricanes, high winds and blistering winter storms as it looks out on Georgetown harbour.
Captain John Smith (1854-1930) was elected mayor of Georgetown and historical archives list him as 2nd mate on The S.S. Stanley.
John Smith died at the age of 76 in 1930. Mrs. Smith and her daughter Bertha continued to live in the house until Mrs. Smith died in 1939. As her sister, Mrs. MacDonald is said to have remarked, Living in that cold house with the winter coming on it was the only sensible thing to do.
It is rumoured that one of the founding Fathers of Confederation, AA Macdonald stayed in the house while his was being constructed.