Barkers Point was Located on the east side of the St. John River at the mouth of the Nashwaak. It was named for Anthony Barker.
The Barker family lineage harks back to the dawn of New Brunswick’s settlement, with Jacob Barker and his wife Mary Spofford making Maugerville their home in 1764. The family was granted lands in various locations including Saint John, Penniac, Maugerville, and Fredericton. Thomas Barker Sr. and Jr. found refuge in New Brunswick, driven by their loyalty to the British during the American Revolution.
Thomas Barker Sr., hailing from Duchess County, New York, had served as a magistrate. He, along with his son, Lt. Thomas Barker of the King’s American Regiment, made their way to Saint John in 1784. Initially, they settled by the Penniac River, before receiving a land grant that led them to move to Fredericton in 1787.
Lt. Barker’s son, Anthony, procured and lived in Lt. Stair Agnew’s house at Barker’s Point. Thomas Barker, the third generation, served as a member of the New Brunswick legislature for an extended period.
In 1898 Barkers Point had a population of 100. It was incorporated as a village in 1966 and was amalgamated with the City of Fredericton in 1973.
The Barkers Point Bridge connected to South Devon by a bridge over Ram Island spanning the Nashwaak River. These photos are all that remains of the bridge.