SACKVILLE, N.B. – A cycling tour through Sackville’s history, a blacksmith demonstration, and free visits of an iconic heritage site will highlight the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum’s (CCFM) seasonal opening on June 15, 2014.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free tours of the museum will be offered to visitors. The day will also hold two special events: an interpreted cycling tour through the region in collaboration with the Sackville Bike Co-Op at 1 p.m., and a blacksmithing demonstration by the Tantramar Heritage Trust’s (THT) Paul Bogaard at 2:15 p.m.
The visit to the CCFM complex will include looks at the unique methods of handmade carriage production and the evolution of the Campbell family's company from the 19th century through to the closing of the factory in the 1950s.
Participants on the cycling tour will have the chance to explore the Sackville area through the lens of recent and ancestral history, from the formation of the marshes to the former seaport on Queens Street.
“We’re excited to collaborate with the Bike Co-Op this year,” says Karen Valanne, the THT’s administrator. “Visitors will be able to see Sackville’s history in a way they’ve never before experienced—and then return just in time to catch all the action at the forge.”
For Bernard Soubry, the THT Crake community programing intern, the event will be a unique opportunity to discover Sackville’s industrial past at no cost.
“It’s going to be a great time for everyone—families, history buffs, and anyone who’s interested in seeing Sackville in new and fascinating ways,” he says. “Who knew that this was one of the last carriage factories in Canada? The more I learn about this place, the cooler this town becomes.”
Clara Doucette, the Sackville Bike Co-Op’s summer coordinator, agrees. “It’s so great to celebrate Sackville’s past and present as a community,” she says. As for the bike ride, “historical attire is definitely encouraged—as long as you’ve got a helmet under your top hat.”
Light refreshments will be served.
In case of rain, the cycling tour will take place the following Sunday, June 22.
Check the Tantramar Trust’s Facebook page at facebook.com/tantramarheritage or call 506-536-2541 for more information.