Boultenhouse Heritage Centre
Tourism Region: South-East New Brunswick
The Boultenhouse Heritage Centre is the home of Sackville's most prolific shipwright, Christopher Boultenhouse, built ca 1842 onto Sackville's earliest surviving dwelling dated ca 1792, now owned and operated as a community museum by the Tantramar Heritage Trust. The Trust's offices are located in the rear of the Centre.
$2.00/person or $5.00/family, children to 10 yrs and members no charge
The BHC collection includes a rare, original installation of early 19th C. French block-printed wallpaper and other historic house features. Several room exhibits display maps, domestic & marine-related artefacts, interpretive panels, scale models, etc. on early Chignecto settlement, Sackville-area merchants and manufactures, and this area's importance as a shipbuilding centre and port in the 'Golden Age of Sail'.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 1,000
The BHC houses a small collection of archival material, map and chart reproductions, photographs, ledgers and correspondence.
Cartographic Materials •
Electronic Records •
Prints and Drawings •
Other: Business ledgers, genealogical assets.
The BHC collection includes a rare specimen of French handmade wallpaper and a domestic collection representing four generations of a Yorkshire descendants (Wry Collection)that includes furniture, handmade clothing, textiles, etc.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
Other: The BHC is noted for its permanent display of originally installed early 19th C. hand-blocked French scenic wallpaper, entitled "Scènes turques".
The collection contains a landscape by local 19th century artist John Hammond.
Painting • Photography
The BHC houses a collection of Township maps, charts, settlement & infrastructure plans that highlight the founding peoples of the Chignecto region (Mi'kmaq, Acadians, Planters, Yorkshires, Loyalists).
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Exploration and Survey
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Marine History and Technology
Medical History and Technology
Printing and Bookbinding
Other: Early merchant and manufacturing displays feature the Rockport grindstone industry, a local box factory, and the Fawcett and Enterprise foundries.
Services & Activities
Services include: exhibit tours, exhibits research aids & interpretive panels, education room (for PowerPoint presentations), publication sales, library and developing family research centre, developing historic garden, historic walking tours within 1 km. radius of centre.
Expanding library and family resource centre - staff and volunteers on hand to assist visitors; info requests by mail, email and website.
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
Information Centre •
Slide Library •
Other: Online educational and research tools under development to enhance Educational Programming.
The BHC offers specialized tours/talks to school (K-12) and university classes; local service organizations; special groups. Pre-booking is recommended.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: Historical Society progamming by the Tantramar Heritage Trust, approx. 5 lectures per annum; dinner lectures.
Free parking, handicap access, handicap washroom, coat rack, bilingual promotional & exhibit materials.
Accessible by Public Transportation
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: A larger parking lot for cars and RVs adjacent to the BHC.
Other Guided Tours: Mid June through August: Walking tours of historic Port of Sackville (1 km. radius of BHC).
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 25+
Activities: Organizational management; collections management; exhibit preparation; research; newsletter; special events; property management; publishing, publication sales & inventory control; editing & translation; graphics design; promotions; fund-raising; webmaster.
Free admission to BHC and Campbell Carriage Factory Museum; newsletter; Historical Society programming; special events.
Other: Light foods and beverages for special in-house events and room reservations.
Local Tourism Links
The offices of the Tantramar Heritage Trust are located in the rear of the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre.
Publications & Products
The Tantramar Heritage Trust produces and sells its own and other books on local history, plus historical art prints, videos, etc.
Annual Reports •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps •
Commemorative Souvenirs •
Other: Prints, photographs, Yorkshire 2000 tote bags.
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