Rhea D.

Chamcook, New Brunswick

Anglophone West School District

History and Mysteries of the Charlotte County Gaol

My project is on the History and Mysteries of the Charlotte County Gaol located in St. Andrews, NB. It includes historical facts about the building and ghost stories related to the Gaol.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

During the process of my heritage fair project, the thing I found most interesting is the fact that this small space was home to so many ghosts. It also took me by surprise that the jail was still in use just thirty years ago. I think these two features definitely add both character and history to my town.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

After researching this one building, I have learned that many of the old buildings in my small community hold great historical significance. I suspect that many of you also have these types of buildings in your area but are unaware of their rich history and interesting stories. Through my interviews, I have learned that there are many people who love to share intersting historical information about our community and that we should look to these individuals more often to enrich our youth.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The laws of incarceration have certainly changed since the jail first opened. History tells us that people from 10-100 years old could be thrown in jail for something as simple as stealing a loaf of bread. In today's society, individuals accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law, and there are laws in Canada to protect the innocent.