Born in Ayrshire, Scotland on April 4, 1785, Robert Doak arrived on the Miramichi with his wife and two young children in 1815. Originally on their way to settle in Kentucky, a storm on the Atlantic caused the ship to dock in the Miramichi Harbour. It was then that the family decided that the Miramichi would be the right spot to settle and begin their new life. In the early 1820s he and his older brother James moved up river to a community in which their father, Robert Doak Senior, had recently settled. There they bought the large property where the house now sits. Once arriving into what was then called Betts Settlement he established a water-powered carding mill and grist mill. A sawmill and an oat mill were later added. Besides these very successful businesses, the family also ran a prominent textile business which consisted of weaving and spinning along with a working farm that consisted of sheep cows, oxen, horses, chickens and much more.
Over the next 30 years in addition to his farming and business pursuits, Robert Doak held numerous public offices including town clerk, clerk of the market, justice of the peace and many other various positions. It was this success in the realm of public affairs that led to him being widely known as “Squire” Doak and it is after him and his large family that the community of “Doaktown” took its name in 1854.
The house was lived in by Squire Doak and family until 1979 when his great great granddaughter, Margaret passed away and left the property to the government. In the early 1980’s the property was recognized as a provincial heritage site and opened to the public. The property contains a house with its original contents, a milk house and a local school house dating back to 1822. Guided tours are offered through each of the buildings along with various events and activities that are offered throughout the open season starting in June and ending in August. These activities include:
** Kids craft day every Tuesday starting at 10am **
** Regular butter making classes **
** Rug hooking classes **
** Weaving demonstrations and classes **
** Wool processing **
** Cheese making **
** BBQ’s **
** Gardening **
** Strawberry Socials in the formal dining room **
Admission is by donation.
Doak Historic Site
386 Main Street, Doaktown, NB Canada, E9C 1E4
TEL: 506-365-2026 / FAX: 506-365-2056
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For information during our “off-season,” please contact the Atlantic Salmon Museum at 506-365-7787.
Hours of Operation (July – September)
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Noon – 5:00 pm