Loyalist House
Loyalist House
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B_J555_13
Victoria, Canada72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the tour led by 2 docents who showed us the 2 floors of this house that had been in the same family for 5 generations. The docents were welcoming and provided a lot of information about the house and items in it. There were so many lovely and interesting pieces. 1 of the docents told us about another couple of buildings in the area with interesting architecture and we checked those out afterwards. Very nice recommendations.
Written September 16, 2023
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Ken M
Oklahoma74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Small home. Very nice tour by volunteers. Wonderful history of the family and St. John. Lots of historical artifacts. Most of which I didn’t know their use. The guide let us guess! Local color, can’t be beat.
Written October 31, 2022
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Timezone Travelers
Venice, FL1,588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Grab some history while you are here. If you enjoy history this is a great place to start. It’s a convenient walk from the cruise ship port and takes about an hour to really get to fulfill
Written September 29, 2022
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kissafish4343
Washington DC, DC93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Nice little step back in time. If you enjoy historic homes or want a little Saint John history, then I recommend a visit. For $5, I received a guided tour from docent Taylor and info about the Merritt family. Cool stop and won’t take more than an hour.
Written July 15, 2022
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Deb F
Nanaimo, Canada150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Took the tour around the house. Very well cared for indeed and the antiques in this house are wonderful. Had the full tour around the house, and learnt about the old day. Fascinated with the fire stands to stop the lady of the house, to have rosy cheeks from the fireplace. Don't want to look like the hired help, working hard. The tables, seat, dishes, all well looked after on display. The history about the house, as it nearly burn down in the historical fire. Glad the society is able to keep it going and they are so prod of this house and it shows. Please go and see this house, and the money you donate keeps the place going.
Written November 22, 2019
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William T
Culpeper, VA618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We have seldom visited a home of this age (1817) that has so much "original to the house" furnishings, clothing, utensils, etc.. When they were making it into a museum, the found many of these in the carriage house that is adjacent. A good bit of the furniture is hand made and some "one of a kind"! They have several very interesting pieces that were used to deal with body functions.
Much of the equipment in the kitchen was found packed inside the large kitchen fireplace that had been boarded up (If I remember that story correctly). The piano, the tables, the sofas, so many unique furnishings.
They have a large, poster bed that was made especially for the visit to Halifax of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII ). He slept in it for three nights! The gentleman who was our docent was a treat.
Glad we made the time. This is a stop on the Grey Line Hop On Hop Off bus.
Written October 14, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
It is estimated that about 1/3 of American Colonists supported the British and opposed the colonists' Rebellion. After the war ended (1783), "Loyalists" were shown the door. New York was a strong-hold of British support and it maintained control until the end and then the victors cleaned house. One such family who were loyalists were Thomas and Amy Merrit; they were no longer welcome in New York.

In 1775, Thomas Merrit had signed the petition protesting the Rebellion. He and about 14,000 Loyalists emigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1783. It was a son of Thomas', David, who built the house in the New England Federalist style. After 7 years, it was finished in 1817 and had been in the family's possession for 6 generations (150 years).

The servants lived on the upper floor. There's a staircase in the rear they used. It was not open for touring.

The Nanny's bed is a converted stretcher. A deer-hide covered trunk was lined in newspapers from the 1830's (rodents did not like newspaper) and the children's playroom gave us a peek into how differently kids grew up then.

We thought the main bedroom bedpan was a very unusual appliance (never saw one like that before) but then, so much in the house was totally unique. The living room organ/piano dated to 1835. Furnishings are of the Georgian/Victorian era.

In the kitchen, the table has a wide assortment of "appliances" discovered when the fireplace was excavated; we saw a pair of shoe "pattens" (by the iron) meant to keep a woman's shoes above the mud. Snow shoes hug on the wall. This was not an easy life here in Saint John.

The house seems to be perched on a cliff; after street excavations lowered the street level, the foundation rock was then exposed. There's the property's Carriage House next door.

The property is under the management of the New Brunswick Historical Society. It's a time capsule of life as it was lived 200 years ago.
Written September 30, 2019
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terry W
Luton, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A hidden little gem in the middle of uptown. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable entry fee is priced very fairly
Written June 26, 2019
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trinity1969
Saint John, Canada135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Standard 1800s family home. Nice features, cute presentation. Look for special events like Canada Day or Halloween parties etc
Written August 27, 2018
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mouseHerts
Herts1,485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is an original house that survived the great fire which destroyed most of St John. Unfortunately they built a very tall, modern office block next to it, so it is hard to get a decent photo. We didn’t go inside, but it is now a museum.
Written August 18, 2018
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