The Charlotte County Archives, located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada began in 1975 when a group of volunteers known as the “Friends of the Charlotte County Historical Society” was formed to preserve and organize historical documents relating to Charlotte County. Since 1982 the permanent home of the Archives has been at 123 Frederick Street in the old Charlotte County Gaol, a Provincial Heritage Site, generously provided by the Province of New Brunswick. The Archives is a non-profit organization and donations help fund daily operations and special projects.


April - May 1:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Friday

June - 10:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday

July - August 10:00 - 4:30 Monday - Saturday

September 10:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday

October  1:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Friday

                                                                    November - March by appointment

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What's on the docket

  • It's official...summer is finally here. How do we know? Summer hours are starting at the Archives for July and August! Now you can drop in on us from 1:00 - 4:30  Mondays through Saturdays. If you've never seen the Old Gaol why not come up and see the brutal conditions at 123 Frederick St.? 

  • We'd like to introduce you to our 3 summer students! Emily is from St. Stephen and is studying History at Mount Allison. She is funded through Young Canada Works and this will be her first summer working at the Archives. Oliver is from St. George, is studying History at St. Thomas and is funded through NB Heritage Branch's PEP program. This will be his first summer working with us as well. On July 2nd Nicolas will be returning for his third summer. He is from Ottawa, but has close family ties to St. Andrews and is studying History at UNB Fredericton. He is funded through Canadian Summer Jobs. that you've met our team, why not drop into the Archives and let them help you with your project? Whether it's researching your family's history or tracking down a photo from Charlotte County's past, this team is ready to lend a hand!

  • Have you seen the new Spring newsletter yet? You really should take a few minutes and read it through. Our newsletter team has pulled together some great interviews (Bruce Jackson on why the Archives serves all of Charlotte county, Donna Muir on researching her husband's family's history), a profile on one of the historic houses in our summer Heritage Homes Tour and some very interesting tidbits of information. Do take a few extra minutes to follow the links in Bruce's article "From a director's chair"'ll learn a great deal about our County and its Archives. Pour yourself a cuppa and settle in for a great read! 
  • Save the date! The Charlotte County Archives will be hosting our first Heritage House Tour this summer. On August 9th tour six historically significant homes and finish off with refreshments at the Anglican Church Hall. All this for only $20! What a great way to spend a St. Andrews afternoon, and at the same time help the Archives raise some operating funds. Tickets are limited to 180 and are on sale now! They'll go quickly so grab yours while you can. All the information you need is right here



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Did you know that the Archives is offering 2 types of guided tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays? What a great way to spend a summer morning in St. Andrews! Or a lovely summer's evening.

Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, starting at 11:00 am on the front verandah of the Algonquin, the War of 1812 Walking Tour is a fascinating peek into the history of St. Andrews. Our costumed tour guides take on the personae of real people from the town in 1812, and, during the dramatized walking tour, will tell you how the war impacted on the town and the area. This is the third summer that the Archives has offered this highly rated walking tour...don't miss out, this is the final year it will be offered.

Then on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 8 pm, beginning once again on the front veranda of the Algonquin, the Ghost Walk takes you on a phantasmal tour through St. Andrews' lesser known history of the Spectral, Spooky and Weird! Ghastly fun for both young and old.

This tour is both intriguing and a lot of can even book a private Ghost Walk for a group of kids or adults.  Book now! 

The cost of both tours is the same:
$10 per adult
$5 per child
$20 per family of up to 5 people 

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