Built in 1855, the Captain George Anderson House in Sackville is a unique structure with a design influenced by Orson Fowler’s house pattern book, “The Octagon House, A Home for All.” It is possibly the sole remaining example of this architectural style in New Brunswick.
Situated with views of the marsh, wharf, and two nearby shipyards, Captain George Anderson was able to monitor his business operations from the house. Between 1863 and 1872, he constructed four vessels at the Dixon shipyard, one of two shipyards located in the Landing Road area and utilized by several shipbuilders.
The Anderson family owned the property until 1901, when Thomas Rheese Anderson sold it to Horatio Richardson. For many years, the Octagonal House served as a storage facility for stove patterns used by Enterprise Foundry Co. Ltd, which maintained the property in good condition.
The Town of Sackville acquired the building, relocated and restored it before officially reopening it as the Sackville Visitor Information Centre in June 1989. In recognition of its historical significance, a heritage marker was placed on the building by the town in 1999.
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