Loyalist House, 120 Union Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada E2L 1A3
 Phone 506.652.3590 /  E-Mail info@LoyalistHouse.com
 Operated by the New Brunswick Historical Society

One of the few surviving buildings of the Great Fire of 1877, the Loyalist House serves as a proud reminder of Saint John's British Loyalist heritage. Built in 1817, the Georgian features of this National Historic Site has remained structurally unaltered.

Originally known as the 'house on the hill', it was constructed of pine with cyprus shingles on the south and west walls. The front entrance still holds its original fanlight and brass knocker.

The house was originally owned by the Merritt family. Their biographies are available here, from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography http://www.biographi.ca.

Acquired by the New Brunswick Historical Society in 1959, the Loyalist House is a breath-taking beauty perserving the excellence of the early craftsmen of Saint John.

Come and visit downtown Saint John to take in the full features offered.

Interior Architecture   Kitchen

The interior of the house is beautifully maintained and quite elegant. It has been said by many American visitors that the entrance hall is quite similar to that of George Washington's home on the Potomac.

  • The bannister and stairs are similar in design and placement, as are the curved doors that open to the back hall.
  • The main floor parlours contain a magnificent display of furniture bearing the Sheraton, Empire and Duncan Phyfe patterns. The piano-organ, almost 200 years old, still works.

  • In the kitchen the original fireplace implements are still in place, having been discovered when the fireplace was re-opened.
  • There is also an iron pressure cooker, dating back to 1795.

  • The furniture in the dining room, the cabinets, table, 'yoke-back' chairs, and the Rockingham china are all fine examples of period furnishings.
  • Upstairs in the master bedroom there is a beautiful mahogany canopy bed with blush red drapes.

Location   Hours of Operation

120 Union Street
(Corner of Union and Germain Street)

Admission Fee
  • $2.00 Children & Students
  • $5.00 Adults
  • $7.00 Families
  • Free to members of the New Brunswick Historical Society upon presentation of membership card.

May 18 (Loyalist Day) to June 30:
Weekdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 1 to mid-September:
Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Last admission at 4:45 pm

During the off season by appointment:
Call 506.652.3590

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