Coburn Farm museum in Keswick Ridge expanding

Ten years after it opened, the small family museum in an apple barn is still expanding. The Coburn Farm museum in Keswick Ridge now has so many artifacts, David Coburn says he's renovating a fifth room to make some extra space.

Coburn family has farmed the area since the early 1800s

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Ten years after it opened, the small family museum in an apple barn is still expanding.

The Coburn Farm museum in Keswick Ridge now has so many artifacts, David Coburn says he's renovating a fifth room to make some extra space.
Old cider bottles line a wooden shelf in the Coburn Farm museum. (Redmond Shannon)

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

The museum was started in the wake of a massive family reunion he hosted for 165 Coburn cousins to celebrate two centuries on the farm. There are ancient apple peelers and farm equipment as well as family photos going back to the early 1800s lining the walls.
The oldest book at the Coburn Farm museum dates back to 1806, the year the farm began. (Redmond Shannon)

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.

One of the most fascinating items in the museum is a book that belonged to one of Coburn's ancestors, Donald Coburn. 
The New American Orchardist book in David Coburn's museum dates back to 1833. (Redmond Shannon)

"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.



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