The Anchorage has been designated a Local Historic Place due to its architectural style and the significant contributions of its three long-term owners to Sackville’s social and financial development.
Henry Powell, a Sackville lawyer and former builder, constructed The Anchorage at the height of his career. The house features several well-preserved elements of Queen Anne architecture.
In 1906, Dr. James R. Calkin acquired The Anchorage. He practiced medicine in Sackville for over forty-two years and served as a house physician at Mount Allison University. The Calkin family was actively involved in the community’s social affairs, with Calkin serving as an alderman for the town and coroner for the Sackville district.
Following Calkin’s death in 1933, the property was passed on to the wealthy retired mariner, Captain Ronald V. Bennett. His brother, Viscount Richard Bedford Bennett, who was the Canadian Prime Minister from 1930 to 1935, was a regular visitor. Capt. Bennett was well-known for his charitable works, playing a significant role in founding the Westmorland Children’s Aid Society and establishing the Sackville Memorial Hospital. Upon his death, Capt. Bennett bequeathed his considerable estate, including The Anchorage, to the University. Today, The Anchorage, also known as the Bennett House, serves as Mount Allison’s Centre for Canadian Studies.
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