Home / Accueil

Boiestown United Church

3571 Route #625, Upper Miramichi Rural Community, New Brunswick, E6A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/08/24

Boiestown United Church (Boiestown Methodist Church), front and side elevations, 2009.; Rural Community of Upper Miramichi
Boiestown United Church
No Image
No Image

Other Name(s)

Boiestown United Church
Boiestown Methodist Church
Église méthodiste de Boiestown

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/10/14

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Boiestown United Church is situated near the banks of the Taxis River on the north side of Route #625 in the Boiestown region of the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi. Its design is representative of rural Gothic Revival religious architecture in New Brunswick during the mid to late 19th century.

Heritage Value

The Boiestown United Church is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with the Fairley family, for its architecture and for its spiritual impact since the mid 19th century. The Boiestown United Church, formerly the Boiestown Methodist Church, was constructed in 1868 and is the oldest existing church in the area. The construction of the church was spearheaded by the Trustees, many of whom were of the Fairley family. The Fairleys were prominent business members of the community and followers of the Methodist faith. The church is a good example of rural Gothic Revival religious architecture from this era in New Brunswick.

The Boiestown United Church is also valued within the community for its spiritual impact. In 1903, the local Methodist congregation agreed to share the use of their church and its operational costs with the Presbyterian and Baptist congregations. This arrangement carried on until 1912 when the Baptist congregation constructed its own church. Such an event promoted a community bond within the faiths. The Presbyterian congregation joined with the Methodist congregation in 1925 to form the United Church of Canada.

Source: Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, Community Office Site File # 09-11

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements associated with the Boiestown United Church include:
- one-and-a-half storey Gothic Revival form and massing;
- steeply-pitched gable roof;
- front entrance in vestibule on front façade;
- Gothic style windows with label mouldings;
- belfry with Gothic louvered vents;
- the octagonal spire and bell dating to circa 1915.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Local Historic Places Program

Recognition Type

Municipal Register of Local Historic Places

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, Community Office, 6342 Route #8, Unit 2, Boiestown, NB, E6A 1Z5

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




Related Places



Advanced SearchAdvanced Search
Nearby Places