Historic Ministers Island receives funding for preservation activities

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Government of New Brunswick
Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living
22 May 2012

Chamcook (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $98,000 to help with restoration work on Ministers Island, a National Historic Site and a Provincial Heritage Place.

“Ministers Island is an important part of our heritage,” said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. “The island’s buildings are tangible reminders of the role this island has played in our shared history. By investing in the restoration of these buildings, we demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that this place is part of our provincial fabric for decades to come.”The provincial contribution will be used for foundation repairs to the barn and restoration at the main house, Covenhoven.

Ministers Island has two national historic designations; one as the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, builder of the railway, and the other related to First Nations use of the island.

The island is owned by the province and operated through agreement with the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island Inc. The goal of the organization is to ensure that the natural and cultural resources are respected and that the history is celebrated now and for future generations.

“Visiting Ministers Island is a unique historical and cultural experience,” said Holder. “I commend the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island Inc. for their on-going commitment to safeguarding this part of our unique New Brunswick heritage for the education and enjoyment of both visitors and New Brunswickers.”

The island, which is accessible by vehicle at low-tide and by boat at high-tide, receives about 7,000 visitors a year.

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Media Contact(s)

Jane Matthews-Clark, communications, Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living, 506-440-2716, jane.matthews-clark@gnb.ca.

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