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Robert Connors Church

3614 Route 205, Saint-François, New Brunswick, E7A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2001/09/19

Four Gothic pinnacles adorn the upper corners of the tower, the steeple burned circa 1950.; PNB 2005
Church tower
Simple, decorative fenestration with squares of coloured glass and the polygonal bay window on the rear wall of the building. This image also presents the foundation of stone and brick; PNB 2005
A brick chimney rises through the middle of the metal roof.; PNB 2005
Metal roof

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Construction Date(s)

1890/01/01 to 1900/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Overlooking the Saint John River across from the community of St. Francis, Maine, the Robert Connors Church is a small wooden church building located at 3614 Route 205, in Connors.

Heritage Value

Robert Connors Community Church Provincial Historic Site is significant because of its association with Robert Connors, a community leader. Circa 1895, the founder of the community of Connors, Robert Connors, built this wooden church to serve a Presbyterian congregation with members from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

Robert Connors was a successful lumberman who contributed significantly to the development of the region, where he also built a mill, a store, a school, and housing for workers.

The Robert Connors Church was also designated because of its architecture. This place of worship is representative of the Canadian adaptation of the Gothic style known as carpenter Gothic, which was especially popular in eastern Canada.

Source: New Brunswick Culture and Sport Secretariat, Heritage Branch, Site File # 110.

Character-Defining Elements

Character-Defining Elements of Robert Connors Church include:

- built of wood and painted white, this small church measures 30 feet by 42 feet and sits on a foundation of stone and brick. A brick chimney rises through the middle of the metal roof. The roof has a simple cornice adorned with return cornices;
- the main part of the building and the lower part of the bell tower are clad in clapboards, while decorative wooden shingles cover the gables and the upper part of the bell tower;
- the bell tower is a square bell porch with a flat roof and a parapet around the edge. Four Gothic pinnacles adorn the upper corners of the tower. The tower used to have a steeple, but it burned circa 1950;
- simple, decorative fenestration with squares of coloured glass. Polygonal bay window on rear wall;
- original interior with wooden lathwork ceiling painted blue. The interior wall finish is ash. The lower part of the walls is covered in wooden lathwork and the upper part is panelled in ash. A simple, wide moulding, partly covered in faux finish, joins the walls and ceiling;
- original furniture, including pews, a small organ, and a wood stove in the centre of the room;
- small cemetery with a black granite monument marking the grave of Robert Connors.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Province of New Brunswick

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites Protection Act, s. 2(2)

Recognition Type

Historic Sites Protection Act – Protected

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Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

Function - Category and Type


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

New Brunswick Culture and Sport Secretariat, Heritage Branch, Site File # 110.

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