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This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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

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)


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


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.


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


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.

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