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Loyalist House, Saint John

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Architectural Building Historic Site
Loyalist House is a museum and National Historic Site located in uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. It was the home of the prosperous Merritt family, who occupied from its completion in 1817 until 1958. It was taken over by the New Brunswick Historical Society in 1961. Its current address is 120 Union Street.HistoryThe Merritt family were United Empire Loyalists, originally from Rye, New York. In May of 1783, along with approximately 6,000 other loyalists, they landed at Parrtown, New Brunswick, having fled the American Revolution. The patriarch of the Saint John Merritts, Thomas Merritt (1729–1821), lived with his wife and seven children in Parrtown (what is now the south end of the City of Saint John). Despite being initially of "modest circumstances," the family soon became prominent in the city, with the second generation amassing great wealth.David Daniel Merritt, the third of Thomas' sons and a wealthy shop keeper, purchased the Loyalist House property, on which construction began in 1810. The house took until 1817 to complete, likely due to the War of 1812. The property was, at that time, just within the city limits, Union street being its northern border until 1889. As a consequence, the area surrounding the property was sparsely populated, allowing the Merritts to keep livestock well into the later half of the century. While the house was originally at street level, as the city expanded the streets were dug down to lessen the strain on the draught horses coming up Germain Street. This created the elevated look of the house, which can be seen in the above photo.
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  • This national historic site gives you a view of life in the 1800s and beyond. The Loyalist House was built in 1817 and survived the big fire of 1877. There is a discount admission for families. Open M...  more »
  • This home is in excellent condition with lots of interesting tales told by the guide about the house and the previous inhabitants as well as info about life at that time.Well worth making a visit here...  more »
  • Had been wanting to visit this home for many years, so made a special trip to do so. Our guide was, I believe, a student. I think she had been called in on short notice as she was wearing jeans and a ...  more »
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  • Landmark of historical Saint John city. Feel old life style of Canadians.
  • Very informative young woman tour guide. Very interesting
  • An excellent tour of a significant historical home in the heart of old Saint John. A must see.