In January 2015, Davis MacIntyre & Associates Limited was contracted to conduct historic building recording at the former Millstones Bed and Breakfast in Shelburne, prior to its demolition in advance of the replacement of the neighbouring Shelburne Bridge on Falls Lane. The recording process included photographs, videos, notes, and measurements resulting in the production of this report as well as a set of scaled drawings for each level of the structure.
Although one source suggested that the building had been constructed in the 1880s, the style of the house (Classic Revival) and the presence of vertical rather than circular saw marks on many beams (a change in sawmill technology occurring around 1870) strongly suggested an earlier date. Consultation with historians at the Shelburne Museum complex support a more probable construction date of 1846, as the home of John Johnson.
The building survey has indicated that the structure’s ground floor at the eastern end has seen significant modification, most likely around 1938 as suggested by other sources. While many elements of the original layout and character remain, the building’s use as a bed and breakfast (ground and second floors) and as a bar (in the basement) have strongly influenced its final layout and interior character.