Sussex Historic Properties

Sussex NB Town Hall

Sussex Historic Properties

Originally established by United Empire Loyalists who journeyed up the St. John River Valley, the Sussex region’s population has since expanded to over 35,000. The town initially evolved as a service hub for neighbouring communities. Known historically as a farming town, Sussex has leveraged its geographical advantages to establish itself as a primary center for transportation, manufacturing, distribution, and service in Atlantic Canada.

The former The Depot Hotel was built in the early 1900s, after the first Depot Hotel burnt in 1911.
The former The Depot Hotel was built in the early 1900s, after the first Depot Hotel burnt in 1911. It accommodated both business travelers and tourists.

The town was christened Sussex in honour of the Duke of Sussex, King George III’s son. A handful of families had already settled in the area prior to the influx of United Empire Loyalists from New Jersey in 1784. With the growth of the Loyalist settlement, the Parish of Sussex was formed in 1786. The parish’s expansion persisted with the evolution of the agricultural and forestry sectors, and the inauguration of the European and American railway line in 1860. This growth ultimately led to the formal incorporation of the Town of Sussex in 1904.

The Intercolonial Railway Station in Sussex NB
The Intercolonial Railway Station is designated a Local Historic Place for its determinant role in the early development of the community of Sussex, and for the importance of railway transportation in the history of the community, the province and indeed of the Dominion of Canada. The station is also a lasting example of early 20th-century railway architecture.

Camp Sussex

The Town of Sussex has consistently catered to the needs of the agricultural and forestry industries over the years. Furthermore, between 1939 and the 1960s, Sussex was the site of Camp Sussex. During the war years, Camp Sussex housed 10,000 troops, fostering a strong connection with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Today Sussex continues to provide regional services that include health care, education, business, industry and recreation to the rural areas.

There are many beautiful Sussex historic properties to explore when in the area. 

Click on a thumbnail to see several.

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