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Reception

Visitors to the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum enter via the reception area at the left rear of the main building. This area features a reception desk, historical displays and a gift shop which sells Tantramar Heritage Trust publications (see Publications ), t-shirts, mugs, and various other souvenirs related to the Campbell Carriage Factory. This level also has washrooms and office accomodation, while the upper level provides space for meetings, dramatic presentations, poetry readings, etc.

The rear portion of the main building has its own fascinating history.

In 1905 an addition was made to the original carriage factory established in 1855. The Campbells purchased a 66 year-old Baptist meeting house and attached it to the backend of their carriage factory providing space for finishing and trim work, and the addition of a large hand-operated freight elevator. This part of the building is still seen in the photo (right) showing the state of the building in 1981.
1981

Original
By the 1980s the rear addition to the carriage factory had deteriorated to such an extent that the owners, the Campbell family, decide to have it demolished in the interests of safety. See photo (left) which shows the addition in process of demolition. However, in 2008 a unique opportunity presented itself to restore the former addition.
The Trust was able to rescue a 200 year-old timber frame structure from Smith's Creek,NB. As seen here, the different sections of the frame were erected with an old-style "barn-raising" or "timber-raising" held on Tuesday and Wednesday 10 - 11th June 2008. The work was undertaken largely by a group of local volunteers. Timber
Completed
Construction of the frame was completed on Thursday 12 June 2008. All timbers were joined by means of mortise and tenon joints and wooden pegs. No modern nails or bolts were used in construction of the frame. In keeping with ancient tradition, a leafy green bough was affixed to the peak of the structure at the topping out ceremony.

Work on the addition continued throughout the summer of 2008, with the installation of siding, windows and flooring. Work on the interior of the building was completed in 2009 and the addition was fully equipped to serve as the new visitor reception area. Right: a view of the new addition looking north from the center of the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum compound.
Addition
View
View from Reception area looking out over the Great Marsh.

Photo: Shaun Cunningham


For further information see

Paul Bogaard, "The Campbell Carriage Factory: Rebuilding an Old Addition," The White Fence , 39, May 2008. .

Peter Hicklin and Paul Bogaard, "Re-birth of an old addition to the Campbell Carriage Factory," The White Fence , 40, November 2008.


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