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Catalogue info: Mabou Mines was settled by Catholic Scots who came to Cape Breton via Prince Edward Island in the early 1800s. The land on which this house is built was granted to Finlay Beaton who arrived in Mabou Mines in 1809. Although it is uncertain when the house was built, the original chimney opening to two fireplaces indicates a building date prior to 1840. The walls in the original parlour of this house are of painted wood(c. 1850). The central mantlepiece is marbleized and flanked with a 'Tree of Life' applied above the chair rail. Similar painted representations of the 'Tree of Life' have been found in the area. Some doors also feature painted marbleization.