Oct. 10, 2008
REXTON (CNB) - A major renovation and upgrading project will take place at the Bonar Law Historic Site in Rexton. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.
"This tourism investment will provide the opportunity to attract more visitors to the region and New Brunswick through the addition of tourism components to this important historical site," said Graham. "Cultural tourism is a growing sector of the economy and is another way of celebrating our history and culture, which will benefit our drive towards self-sufficiency."
Funding of $500,000 provided through the Regional Development Corporation will be used towards infrastructure improvements at the Bonar Law Historic Site, a designated provincial historic site. Under a lease with the Province of New Brunswick, the Village of Rexton operates the site.
"Village council is very appreciative of this investment, which contributes to our strategic plan for the future development of our community," said Rexton Mayor David Hanson. "Additional attractions at this site will encourage tourists to visit and to stay in our area longer, and to secure the long-term success of this site, which is the anchor to our cultural and tourism strategy."
The site recognizes the birthplace of Andrew Bonar Law, the only person born outside the United Kingdom to become prime minister of Great Britain. The nine-hectare property includes a complex of historic buildings consisting of a simple 19th-century wood farmhouse facing the Richibucto River, a barn, and a wagon shed connected with board fencing to form a unique enclosed courtyard. The Richibucto River Museum is also located on the property.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.