Hector House - Historic Places Days

Hector House

Gagetown, New Brunswick
House Museum/Homestead
20 Front Street, Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada
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This house is private property.

From Historic Places Site:

This kitchen part of the house at the back was built about 1880 by Andrew Hector, a descendent of some of the black Loyalists who settled in the Otnabog area just south of the village in the 1780’s. From his youth, Andrew worked for the Peters family who deeded him this piece of land in return for his services to them. His son, LeBaron “Barry” Hector, a legend in his own right, was born and lived here. Barry’s son, George Hector, a remarkable New Brunswick musician, was known far and wide as “The Whistling Banjo Man” on “The Maritime Farmers.”

Initially, an older house sat on the front part of the lot but, in 1922, Barry Hector engaged a village carpenter, Tom Sharpe, to renovate the early (kitchen) piece of the house and build the current structure. This house is a working man’s comfortable home, well-made and suited to its purpose. The house has white clapboard siding and traditional green trim. The door and windows are functional and aesthetically attractive. The exterior retains its initial 1922 appearance. The ceilings are eight feet high, the slant to the walls upstairs is moderate, and there is a lighted attic where a person can stand erect in the centre. The artesian well that used to supply water to the household still exists but is no longer functional. The nicely-shingled, well-kept barn remains a serviceable part of the estate.

Famous musician George Hector (1911-2004) was born at this location and according to interviews with him, Andrew, his great grandfather accompanied the Peters to New Brunswick at the end of the American Revolution. George would go on to have a successful music career, known as the Whistling Banjo Man.




George Hector

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20 Front Street, Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada
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