Village of Benton

Covered bridge over Eel River in Benton, NB

Village of Benton

The Village of Benton is located on the Eel River, 9.21 km WSW of Meductic. It was settled in 1830 by settlers from the St. John River valley and was first called Rankin Mills from 1860 to 1873. 

King Street in Village of Benton, NB

In 1866 Rankin Mills was a farming settlement with about 30 resident families. In 1871 Rankin Mills was a station on the New Brunswick and Canada Pacific Railway and had a population of 200. It was also known as Eel River Station after the railway was built and renamed Benton in 1873. 

Train bridge over Eel River Benton

By 1898 Benton was a booming community with 1 post office, 6 stores, 1 hotel, 1 sawmill, 1 tannery, 2 churches and a population of 300. It was sometimes know as Eel River Station. 

The Village is divided by the Eel River and connected by a covered bridge built in 1927. 

Ducks Unlimited built a dam on the river near the village, creating a large backwater which is a very popular spot for canoeing and fishing.  On a warm summer day you’re bound to meet paddlers stopping at Molly’s Rock for a picnic. 

Ducks Unlimited Dam Benton

On your way to the village, you pass the Agriculture Canada Benton Ridge Potato Breeding Substation, a large research facility. There, scientists are putting potential new potato varieties through their paces in the hopes of identifying superior potato selections to meet industry and consumer needs. 

Benton Ridge Potato Breeding Station

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3 thoughts on “Village of Benton

  1. It’s kind of weird having the KKK picture on the site. Does anyone know if there are any Griffins still around Benton?

  2. The white church un benton may not be standing much longer due to it needs fixed up the sills are rottening and and more needs fixed ..,.,

  3. I am looking for descendents of George Godsoe from Benton NB. Please contact me directly if you have any information. Thanks.

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