X11127 | Reed's Castle, Mount Pleasant, Saint John, New Brunswick

Reed's Castle, Mount Pleasant, Saint John, New Brunswick
James S. Notman (1849 - 1932)
1875-1885, 19th century
16 x 20.3 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

Robert Reed of Saint John was one of the most successful New Brunswickers to make a fortune in the shipbuilding and shipping industries. In 1854 Reed built a magnificent home, popularly known as Reed's Castle. It became the temporary residence of Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, and Lord Lorne, Governor-General of Canada, during their visit to Saint John in 1879. Reed and his family lived in the mansion for many years before relocating to a cottage nearby.

Source : The Golden Age of Sail [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    Robert Reed's mansion illustrates the high standard of living enjoyed by New Brunswick's wealthiest shipping magnates.

  • Where

    Reed's Castle was built in the Mount Pleasant area of Saint John. The mansion and grounds overlooked a magnificent view of the city and harbour.

  • When

    Robert Reed embarked on the general merchandise business with his brother James in about 1835.

  • Who

    Robert Reed went into partnership with his brother James under the firm name of J. & R. Reed. The company continued in business for fifty-one years.