Today’s Bennett House was built in 1878 as the rectory and home of the First ArchDeacon of the Anglican Church for the Fredericton Diocese in Carleton County.
An unfortunate fire destroyed 20 properties in Woodstock in the great fire of 1881. The interior of Bennett House was destroyed in the fire. Because of its unique construction, the exterior was saved and the home rebuilt. An insurance claim was issued for the princely sum of $1960.00.
The home was sold to a prominent local lawyer around 1900. The stunning floor to ceiling leaded glass bookcase in our library was moved from the Connell House (National Historic Site C1839). He ran his practice from the library and main room of the home until 1920 when the home was then sold to the Winslow family.
The building operated as the RCMP Garrison from 1920 until 1935 when the then Liberal Federal Government did not renew the lease, as a prominent Tory owned the building. The hayloft is still there and the stables were converted into living quarters for the owners.
The building became the residence of the Winslow family from 1935 on and stayed in the family through generations until sold in the late 1980’s to another prominent Woodstock resident. It was operated as a bar-restaurant for a few years but sadly was neglected and vacant for three years before we acquired it.
Debbie and I bought the property in July 2005 and spent twelve months painstakingly and lovingly renovating and restoring the building to its original grandeur. Bennett House has been awarded a New Brunswick Provincial Historic Designation because of its unique architectural design including its 104 cornices.
We appreciate you choosing Bennett House as your place away from home for your visit to Woodstock. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Derek & Deb Bennett