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Charlotte County Archives, Old Jail, and Historic Courthouse

St. Andrews, New Brunswick
123 Frederick Street, St. Andrews, NB, Canada
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June - September: Wednesday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm October - May: Weekdays by appointment

The Old Charlotte County Jail was constructed in 1832 of grey granite blocks, 2.5 feet thick. The old jail is a solid square building with austere jail cells in active use until 1979. Each cell is completely closed in by granite blocks except for a very narrow iron door, creating an atmospheric tour site and doubtless a claustrophobic experience for prisoners.

The Charlotte County Courthouse, a light-filled provincial and national heritage site, provides a markedly different experience from the jail. Designed by Thomas Berry and built in 1840, this classical-revival style courthouse is the best-preserved example of mid-nineteenth century Maritime Courthouses. In the early years of its history, the Courthouse was the focal point for community activities such as elections, fairs, parades, and official visits. It was the oldest courthouse in continuous use until 2016.

The Charlotte County Archives preserves and promotes regional heritage through archival collections, research support, and tours of our heritage site.



Notes from "Court Houses of Atlantic Canada"


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Washrooms


123 Frederick Street, St. Andrews, NB, Canada
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