“Cranewood,” 113 Main Street, Sackville, N.B.


This fine Georgian style house built of local stone came to be known as “Cranewood” in reference to its first two distinguished owners. Merchant and politician William Crane (1784-1853) had the house built c.1836. In 1867 it was purchased by lawyer, politician and Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick Josiah Wood (1843-1927). The house was inherited by his son Dr. Herbert Mariner Wood.In 1975 Cranewood was purchased by Mount Allison University and became the official residence of the University President. In 2013 the restored Hammond/Black House became the President’s residence and Cranewood was sold.

The building currently houses an organic bakery and catering business known as “Cranewood on Main.”


Constructed circa 1836 this Georgian house was built for William Crane (1785-1853), merchant, politician and business partner of Charles Frederick Allison, founder of Mount Allison University. In 1867, the property passed to Josiah Wood (1843-1927), lawyer, Senator, and Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, 1912-1917. Acquired by Mount Allison University in 1975, Cranewood currently serves as the residence of the University’s President.

Plaque unveiled 26 May 2002. Funded by the Town of Sackville; co-sponsored by Tantramar Historic Sites and Mount Allison University Cranewood Committee.

This site is listed in the Canadian Register of Historic Places ; see Cranewood

For Cranewood as an example of the Georgian architectural style see Sackville Heritage Architecture Style Guide Section 1: GEORGIAN.

“Ceremony To Recognize Historical Value Of Cranewood,” Sackville Tribune-Post, 22 May 2002.

“Recognizing History,” Sackville Tribune-Post, 29 May 2002.

Stopps, Phyllis, “Cranewood named Canadian Historic Place,” Sackville Tribune-Post, 31 May 2006.

Cunningham, R., and J.B. Prince, Tamped Clay and Saltmarsh Hay: Artifacts of New Brunswick (Fredericton, N.B.: Brunswick Press, 1976), p. 53, for detail of the front door of Cranewood.

William Crane (1785-1853)

Wynn, Graeme, “CRANE, WILLIAM”, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol.VIII, pp. 183, 184.

Milner, W.C. History of Sackville New Brunswick (Sackville, N.B.: Tribune Press, 1934), pp. 137-140.

Josiah Wood (1843-1927)

Jobb, Dean, The Life and Times of Josiah Wood 1843-1927 (Sackville, N.B.: Tantramar Heritage Trust, 2007).

Godfrey, W.G., “WOOD, JOSIAH” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol.XV.

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