Founded in 1783 and incorporated in 1966, the Village of Gagetown is steeped in history. A vibrant farming and forestry community in the 19th and 20th centuries, today Gagetown is a welcome respite for artists, artisans, bird watchers, boaters, and foodies!
The Village of Gagetown was originally named Grimrose by the Acadians and Maliseet, who lived here prior to the Expulsion of the Acadians. The Raid on Grimross occurred during the St. John River Campaign (1758–59). During the Expulsion of the Acadians many of them had fled from various parts of the Maritimes to villages along the St. John River. The St. John River Campaign occurred during the French and Indian War when Colonel Robert Monckton led a force of 1150 British soldiers to destroy the Acadian settlements on the banks of the St. John River until they reached the largest village of Ste Anne’s Point (present day Fredericton) in February 1759. There were 2000 Acadians on the St. John River, many of whom were refugees trying to escape the Expulsion of the Acadians.
The name of the village is derived from British General Sir Thomas Gage. Major General Thomas Gage was granted a large tract of land in central New Brunswick in appreciation of his service to the British Empire in the Seven Years’ War; this land comprises modern day Gagetown.
The Village of Gagetown is an historic Loyalist community that served as a stop for river boats during the 1800s and early 1900s.
Tour the many studios featuring pottery, weaving and art and enjoy watching the artists work. Step back in time as you experience the historic sites of Queens County Heritage, the 1786 Tilley House, birthplace of Father of Confederation Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, the 1836 Queens County Court House, and the Loomcrofters Studio, believed to be the oldest building still standing in New Brunswick.
The charm of the Bed and Breakfast is never better experienced than in the Village of Gagetown. The Village offers attractive turn-of-the century architecture and décor to complement the down-home friendliness of the residents.
The Village features a full service marina in the core of the Village for the serious boaters. The Queens County Fair, held in mid September, continues to be one of the oldest and largest country fairs.