The house standing at 340 Brunswick Street in Fredericton was constructed by Horatio Nelson Drake in 1841. Not only was Drake a renowned builder, but he also captained the St. John River steamboat named Reindeer, notable for containing the first compound marine engine. This innovative engine was the brainchild of Benjamin Tibbits, a Fredericton local, and was brought to life in a nearby foundry.
The house itself is a testament to Drake’s fine craftsmanship, filled with intricate woodcarving throughout its interior. The exterior front entrance is flanked by beautifully carved panels on either side, adding to the house’s overall grandeur. In a profitable turn of events, Drake managed to sell the house in 1846 for seven times what it cost him to build.
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