Located at 266 Golf Club Road and nestled within the Fredericton Golf Course, Thorne Cottage is a Georgian-style, one-and-a-half storey wooden structure, constructed by Bradshaw Rainsford in 1816. This historic dwelling stands back from the road, reinforcing its distinctive charm.
Thorne Cottage holds significant heritage value due to its architectural style and the notable past residents it has housed. Bradshaw Rainsford, a member of the 104th Regiment of Foot during the War of 1812, built the original part of this one-storey house shortly after the war. The lands on which this house stands were initially granted to his father, Andrew Rainsford, a member of the 9th Regiment of Foot and the Receiver General of New Brunswick.
The lineage of distinguished military service continued with another prominent occupant of Thorne Cottage, Milton Fowler Gregg. A decorated war hero, Milton Gregg served in the First World War, earning the prestigious Victoria Cross for his bravery. Beyond his military accomplishments, he had a prosperous public and political career. He served as the President of the University of New Brunswick and a Member of Parliament, holding several ministerial positions including Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Minister of Labour. The Honourable Milton F. Gregg, along with his wife, Erica Deichmann Gregg, a renowned potter, resided in Thorne Cottage for over two decades.
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