Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Henry & Sarah Weeks House, Fredericton

     I posted the below information with the Fredericton Train Station post earlier this month.
     Image below:  The Weeks home around 1910.  Those in photo, L-R: brothers, Frank Weeks (on horse) and Wm. Goulding "Golden" Weeks (standing with horse); unknown farm worker; seated on the swing in front of the house are parents Sarah and Henry Weeks.  (image cf. Arnold G. Smith).
     When the railroad was being put through Fredericton in the summer of 1872 Sarah Emeline Howard (b. 06-Sept-1852 at Black River, dtr. of Samuel Howard and Mary Ann Pye) had just married Henry Weeks (b. 1855) on 27-July-1872.  She moved in to this new house, just built by her husband.  Sarah soon started the hard work of feeding the workers, in their home, who were putting down the new rail line through their community.  Henry, a carpenter and farmer, built a large table and two large benches for the workers to eat at.
Above: Henry Weeks Homestead today - the house covered with vinyl siding.
     The central dormer style house was built by Henry in the late 1860's.  It's situated to the south side of the railroad, facing north towards to the railroad.  
     The farmland was sold out of the family last year.  Last fall the present owners moved into a mobile home parked in the front yard.  The old house was scheduled for demolition, however, they changed their mind.  The old house is empty.

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