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.



29 Queen's Road
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 4G4

Telephone: 506-536-2541
Fax: 506-536-2537

Mailing Address: 
Boultenhouse Heritage Centre
P.O. Box 3554, Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 4G4

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

June to August: tours of historic house and exhibits, and historic walking tour of historic Port of Sackville
Sept - May: tours of historic house and exhibits, school tours

Open: Open Year Round
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm,
or by appointment (536-2541)

All statutory holidays excepting: Canada Day, New Brunswick Civic Day, Labour Day

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
$2.00/person or $5.00/family, children to 10 yrs and members no charge

Discounts: CMA members

About Collections

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 • Manuscripts • Photographs
Other: Business ledgers, genealogical assets.

Decorative Arts

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 • Costumes • 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".

Fine Arts

The collection contains a landscape by local 19th century artist John Hammond.



Painting • Photography

Human History

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 • Local History • Manuscripts • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Marine History and Technology • Medical History and Technology • Memorabilia • Musical Instruments • Printing and Bookbinding • Transportation : Marine
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.

Research Services

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 • Library • Slide Library • Video Library
Other: Online educational and research tools under development to enhance Educational Programming.

Educational Programs

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 • Demonstrations • Lectures • School Programs : 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) • Seniors Programs • Professional Development
Other: Historical Society progamming by the Tantramar Heritage Trust, approx. 5 lectures per annum; dinner lectures.

Visitor Services

Free parking, handicap access, handicap washroom, coat rack, bilingual promotional & exhibit materials.

Bilingual Services • Guided Tours : English : French • Accessible by Public Transportation • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
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

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.

Member Privileges

Free admission to BHC and Campbell Carriage Factory Museum; newsletter; Historical Society programming; special events.

Food Services

Other: Light foods and beverages for special in-house events and room reservations.

Internet Services

General InformationEventsEducationDirections or MapLocal HistoryOnline Giftshop or BookstoreOther Internet Services

Local Tourism Links

Local AttractionsHotelsRestaurantsShoppingOther Services

Other Services

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 • Books • Brochures • Catalogues • CD-ROMS • Newsletters • Postcards • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps • Commemorative Souvenirs • Videos
Other: Prints, photographs, Yorkshire 2000 tote bags.


Image highlighting the museum Boultenhouse Heritage Centre

© Tantramar Heritage Trust, Inc. 2006. All Rights Reserved. (Boultenhouse)