Dec. 10, 2007
REXTON (CNB) - Two initiatives for the Village of Rexton, including funding for the development of a local tourism concepts plan and activities, and the signing of a 10-year lease with the village to operate the Bonar Law Historic Site, were announced today by Premier Shawn Graham.
"Cultural tourism, including authentic and intact built-heritage resources, is a growing sector of the economy," Graham said. "I am pleased that the Village of Rexton is looking to attract more visitors to New Brunswick by adding tourism components to this important heritage site and developing a local tourism plan. This is yet another way that celebrating our history and culture can benefit our drive towards self-sufficiency."
Funding totaling $63,800 through the Regional Development Corporation will be provided to the village to support the development of a tourism concepts plan, activities for the Bonar Law site, a marina/campground concept, and ship heritage centre.
The province is signing a lease with the village to operate the Bonar Law Historic Site, a designated Provincial Historic Site, and develop its tourism potential.
The agreement will allow the village to develop the site by adding a cultural trail, river access from the site, an outdoor theatre and playgrounds, while respecting the site's authenticity. The lease also contains an option for renewal.
Rexton Mayor David Hanson believes that the agreement will open a new future for the well-known historic property.
"For many years, the Village of Rexton has partnered with the provincial government by administering the operation of the Bonar Law Historic Site," Hanson said. "It has always been the goal to more fully utilize the property. This agreement will not only maintain the integrity and operation of the historic buildings and museum, but will also allow for the future development of the surrounding property."
The Bonar Law Historic 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 CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Judy Cole, Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Alison Aiton, Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Barry Glencross, administrator, Village of Rexton, 506-523-6921.