Tantramar Anderson Anderson

The ANDERSON OCTAGONAL HOUSE is part of the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre located at 29 Queen's Road, Sackville, New Brunswick. From the Trans-Canada Highway take Exit #504, take Main Street and follow sign for Sackville Memorial Hospital. At the Hospital, turn left on Queens Road.

Summer Opening Hours :28 May to 25 August, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or by appointment (536-2541).
Winter Hours : Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., or by appointment (536-2541).
Admission : $3/individual; $7/family; members no charge (Main level wheel chair accessible).



THE EARLY YEARS : 1855-1989

Named for it unique 8-sided structure, the Octagonal House was built in 1855 by Captain George Anderson, a shipbuilder and mariner. Later he sold the building to Captain Titus Anderson, his father.

For information on the Captain George Anderson House see The Octagonal House on the Tantramar Historic Sites web site.

For more detailed information see The Captain George Anderson House on the Canadian Register of Historic Places web site.

For the origin of octagonal houses and the influence of Orson Fowler (1809-1887) see the Wikepedia article on Octagon House (click on "Octagon House").


THE FIRST MOVE : 1989-2012

Octagonal In 1989 the building was purchased by the Town of Sackville, moved from its original location to the Mount Allison parking lot on the corner of Main and King Streets, and restored before being opened as the Sackville Visitor Information Centre. It also served as the home of the Craft Gallery.

The Town of Sackville placed a heritage marker on the building in 1999.


THE SECOND MOVE : 2012

The Tantramar Heritage Trust's major project in connection with the Sackville 250 Anniversary celebrations in 2012 was the moving of the Captain George Anderson (Octagonal) House from its former location in the Mount Allison parking lot at Main and King Streets, its installation as part of the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre, and its rehabilitiation as an exhibition and community space. The move of the house was carried out on Tuesday 26 June 2012.

House

RESTORATION : 2012-2013

Restoration

After its arrival at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre the Anderson Octagonal House underwent extensive restoration. For a photo gallery of the work in progress see Anderson House Photos October 2012

The official opening of the building in its new location took place on Saturday 23 February 2013.

Part of the ground floor, as well as the basement, houses the Alec R. Purdy Tantramar History and Genealogy Research Centre . Also on the main floor is an exhibition on the Anderson Family. The upper level provides meeting space.


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