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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 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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  • I went by myself. I just wanted to get the total experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat (and I will soon).  more »
  • We were able to see this for free on Canada Day. However, because it was free, and raining outside, I suspect it was more crowded than usual. Nice exhibits, several flights of stairs. We'd recommend.  more »
  • My daughter and I went here on Canada Day when it was free admission. My daughter had not been there before and it has been many years for me. It is quite an experience. Lots of stories to be told by ...  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.

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