Grand Bay-Westfield Heritage
In this Gallery are several videos of historic sites in Grand Bay-Westfield
The following videos were filmed on June 10, 2012 at the Mount Hope Farm open house.
Mount Hope Farm Open House – 10 June 2012
Mount Hope Farm, nestled by the Nerepis River and forested hills in Grand Bay-Westfield, was built in 1786 by Colonel Henry Nase, the first loyalist to settle in the area. This old home has remained in the family since then and is listed on the NB and Canadian Registers of Historic Places. Over its 225 years the old home has been altered only slightly.
Two hundred years ago, General John Coffin formed a company of local New Brunswick men to join the New Brunswick Fencibles. According to his memoirs, most of these young men were sons of men General Coffin served with during the American Revolution. Mount Hope Farm, as family history and an old gun attest, was an overnight stop for a number of them who walked to Fredericton to join other companies that formed the famous “104th Regiment”. From there, they marched to Kingston, Ontario to help defend British territory against invasion by the United States in the War of 1812. During February 1813, they marched 350 miles to Quebec in -25 F. snowy weather, spent two weeks in a garrison, and then completed the remaining distance to Kingston for a total distance of 700 miles.
In light of the 225th anniversary of Mount Hope Farm and its connection to the War of 1812, the Nase Family and the Grand Bay - Westfield Heritage Committee hosted an open house on site on June 10th, 2012.
Peter Lohnes explains the inportance of Mount Hope Farm to the community.
Eric McCumber introduces the war of 1812 and its impact on Mount Hope..
IMurray Davis demonstrates an ancient piece of equipment at Mount Hope open house.