The Gordon House - Historic Places Days

The Gordon House

Prince William, New Brunswick
Type
House Museum/Homestead
Address
5804 Route 102, Prince William, NB, Canada
Get directions
Hours
1000-1700
Phone
5063634999

Participating in #HISTORICPLACESDAYS

The Gordon House

The first permanent memorial to Blacks in New Brunswick, and the first historical house depicting a Black family in Atlantic Canada, is located in King’s Landing Historical Settlement in Fredericton. In the original concept for the development of King’s Landing, it was planned that one home would be the home of an African-Canadian or Black family; that of James Gordon. In the 1960s, his first home was brought to the site of King’s Landing with the hope of being included in the historical settlement. Unfortunately, the building had deteriorated significantly and could not be restored. Architectural drawings and observations were made of the original structure with plans to reproduce it later. In June of 2009, the James Gordon House, 1835, was officially opened to the public. The Gordon Family held their first family reunion as part of events on opening day.

James Gordon was born in New Brunswick between 1801 and 1803. While the identity of his parents is currently unknown, it is believed they came to Canada with the Loyalists either as slaves or free Blacks. James married Sarah before 1831. Sarah was born in 1807. James and Sarah were Anglicans as they had their children baptized at Christ Church in Fredericton. Harriet was born in 1832 and James (Jr.) was born in 1835. James built a home for his family on the present Dunn’s Crossing Road in Fredericton, on land he did not own. In 1858 the owner of the land, the Rev. William Henry Shore, drew up a detailed lease for Gordon, leasing the property for 14 years. From the wording of the document, it is obvious that Gordon had been living on the land for some time before the lease. James Gordon died of inflammation of the lungs on May 7th, 1864.

Photo: New Brunswick Black History Society

Geocache: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC961MX

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Fun Facts

Blacks arrived in Prince William as slaves and Black freedmen settled in nearby Queensbury and Keswick Ridge.

Location

5804 Route 102, Prince William, NB, Canada
Get directions

Nearby Places

Kings Landing

Prince William, New Brunswick
An open-air, living history museum depicting rural life in 19th-century New Brunswick.
View Place | Get Directions

Saint Peter’s Anglican Church

Fredericton, New Brunswick
Built in 1838, St. Peter’s Anglican Church was constructed by the local Black community.
View Place | Get Directions

St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease

Fredericton, New Brunswick
St. Anne’s Chapel of Ease known for it’s remarkable architecture and Willie O’Ree.
View Place | Get Directions

The Journey of Nancy, and her son Lidge

Fredericton, New Brunswick
Nancy and Lidge fled enslavement launching a canoe from the mouth of the Nashwaaksis.
View Place | Get Directions

Popular VisitLists Including "The Gordon House"

The Hidden Black Cityscape

Saint Marys Parish to Fredericton, New Brunswick 6 places
Explore Fredericton’s early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.
View VisitList

Following "The Hidden Black Cityscape"

Back to the VisitList

Explore Fredericton's early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.

Register A Place

Create an account to add your historic place.

Make a VisitList

Welcome! To get started on a VisitList, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays.


Already have an account? to sign in.
We use your contact information to process your registration and correspond with you about the National Trust and its programs. You can unsubscribe at any time. We care about your privacy. Read our privacy statement.

Sign In

Sites that participate in #HistoricPlacesDays need to have an account.

Welcome! To get started on a new VisitList or to edit an existing one, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays. Sign in below!


Not registered? Click here to create an account.

Forgot Password

Enter your email address to request a password reset.


to sign in.

Get the latest scoop on everything #HistoricPlacesDays – join our e-newsletter and never miss a beat.