At the youthful age of twenty-two, Harvard graduate Loring Woart Bailey was appointed by the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton to teach an array of subjects including chemistry, physics, geology, zoology, physiology, and botany. Bailey, who eventually gained prominence as an esteemed professor and scientist, constructed a large residence around 1876 at 329/331 University Avenue, which he fondly named Sunnyside.
Sometime between 1877 and 1878, Bailey played a crucial role in what is believed to be the first telephone operation in the Maritimes. This homemade device, which predates the establishment of a telephone exchange in Fredericton, connected Sunnyside to a residence at 898 Charlotte Street.
In 1966, Sunnyside was repurposed as the dwelling and studio of renowned Canadian artist Tom Forrestall. Today, it continues to be occupied by his son, painter William Forrestall.
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