Bucknam Benson House at Seal Cove

Johnson Bucknam Bensons House front

 

My great-great grandfather, Seward Bucknam Benson lived in this house at Seal Cove, on Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick.  Bucknams’s daughter, my great grandmother Wealtha Irene Benson wrote on a postcard, “This is our home on Grand Manan where I was born and brought up.”

Bucknam Benson was a fisherman and a farmer.  He lived in this house with his wife Hannah (nee Cheney) and his four daughters, Winifred, Wealtha, Eva and Anita and his three sons Alfred, Warren and Maxwell.  Bucknam and Hannah’s son, Alfred died of diphtheria at age 15 in 1886.

We saw this house when it was for sale.  It had a lovely pantry but the foundation walls were crumbling.  The price was around ninety thousand.  It has a beautiful view of Seal Cove Beach.  It is built on part of the Caleb Benson’s original 100 acre grant.  The house is still there today on Red Point Road, in Seal Cove.  Caleb Benson’s grave is in the field between the house and the beach.

I took the photograph for this rug in Aug. of 2000.