The Central New Brunswick Woodmen’s Museum is located in the Geographical Centre of the Province of New Brunswick, at Boiestown.
Situated in the heartland of the lumbering industry, this 15 acre site provides insight into the vibrant and colorful lives of the woodsmen, their families, and the community.
Step back in time and revisit the era when Boiestown was a bustling lumber town. It was a time when lumbermen hewed their livelihood from the forest while raising their families on the Upper Miramichi. During this period, “Emily Allain” served as Boiestown’s single-line telephone exchange operator, and “Duffy’s Hotel” was a common stopover for many travelers. The “Whooper” train clattered along the tracks from Miramichi to Fredericton, carrying passengers from Doaktown to Boiestown for dances and theatre shows at the Forester’s Hall.
Workers came from the Acadian areas, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia to become a part of the lumbering boom. Some settled here; while others made it their final resting place.
The Central New Brunswick Woodmen’s Museum, situated on a 15-acre site, pays homage to this rich lumbering history. The museum features a restored trapper’s cabin, cookhouse-bunkhouse-dingle, forestry hall, wheelwright shop, blacksmith shop, and a sawmill (currently closed). Also on display are a fire tower, watchman’s camp, machine sheds, and a collection of forestry tools and equipment. An additional highlight is a restored TBM Avenger Air Tanker.
A replica of the “Whooper” passenger train provides an immersive experience as it “Rides the Rails” at this unique museum, offering visitors a chance to relive the bygone days of Boiestown.
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