Campbell Carriage Factory Museum in Sackville, New Brunswick
The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada

The Campbell Carriage Factory dates back 1855, and the site represents one of last surviving pre-industrial businesses in Canada.

The main factory building, which became a museum in 2003, is typical of a small nineteenth century shop.

A sleigh at the Campbell Carriage Factory, New Brunswick

The brief tour gave us a start-to-finish look at the construction of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs.

Everything from the making of the wheels to the final paint job was done on site.

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Campbell Carriage Factory Museum in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

 

The main building, constructed in 1838, was first used as a tannery.

Its woodworking and machinery rooms showcase the tools and worktables that were necessary to create each component of the Campbell's carriages.

The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada

When it was initially decided to renovate the dilapidated building for the museum, over six thousand artifacts were discovered on the grounds alone. Since the museum's opening many carriages have been donated by private citizens.

These are now creatively displayed without taking away the feel of the factory that existed before.


Carriage accoutrements
Wheelwright table at The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada
Wheelwright's table


We found the process of creating the wheels to be fascinating, and our guide cheerfully walked us through the steps of manufacturing wooden hubs, spokes and rims.

 

Nave lathe at the Campbell Carriage Museum in Sackville, Canada
Wheel hub (or nave) on a lathe

Wheelwright hubs at The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada
Hubs for days!

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The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada
Horses supplied the power for the pulley system

A pung sleigh at the Campbell Carriage Museum in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

The most common type of sleigh built by the Campbell were called pungs.

The name comes from the Algonquin-speaking native people (deriving from tom-pung from tobaggan), and the original pungs were simply made by affixing a box atop a sled. They evolved over time to a sleigh with a sleeker design.

Coffin accoutrements at the Campbell Carriage Museum in New Brunswick

Caskets were also built on site and we marveled at the intricate designs of the accoutrements used in their making.

Members of the Campbell family were also undertakers and made themselves of use when the bodies of the dead of the Titanic were brought to Halifax.

A hearse carriage a Campbell Carriage Museum in Sackville, Canada

A hearse sleigh at the Campbell Carriage Factory, New Brunswick

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A fully functioning forge at Campbell Carriage Museum in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

In the blacksmith shop, our guide used the still-functioning forge to demonstrate how tools and metalwork were created.

By branching out into farm equipment, furniture and caskets, the factory managed to survive the advent of the automobile and continued business until 1949.

A fully functioning forge at Campbell Carriage Museum in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada

The Campbell Carriage Factory in New Brunswick, Canada


We LOVED that the museum left graffiti on the wall from the olden days!

The museum was designated in 2006 as a Historic Place on the Canadian Register.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

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Thanks to Road Scholar for providing this lifelong learning adventure through Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick! As always, all opinions are our own.



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