Coburn Farm museum in Keswick Ridge expanding
Coburn family has farmed the area since the early 1800s
Ten years after it opened, the small family museum in an apple barn is still expanding.
Coburn, a sixth-generation apple grower and egg farmer, says the museum was started to preserve the family artifacts, some of which go back over 200 years, including an old hutch table.
"We believe Moses Coburn came into Saint John on April 28, 1767 on a steamer ... and we believe that he brought the hutch table and the family cradle with him
Coburn says once the museum opened, people from the surrounding area started sending him old treasures, although most of the items are still related to the family in some way.
"An 18-year-old woman by the name of Jane Anderson escaped the Miramichi fire by riding side-saddle on a horse. And this saddle has been hanging up in a shed in a house down the road from me since the 1830s," he said.
"We got [The New] American Orchardist from 1833 that we've used, especially in our cider-making. We got some information out of that," says Coburn.
The Coburn Farm museum is open to the public for tours by appointment only.