Testing by scientists confirms age of historic Acadian home in Bathurst, N.B.

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BATHURST, N.B. - A scientific study of wood core samples from one of the oldest houses in Bathurst has confirmed remnants from an earlier Acadian structure dating back to 1808.
The study by scientists from Mount Allison University suggests the foundation of the home was built by Charles Doucet, who received a land grant from King George III in 1807.
The house has been owned by the Hennessy family since 1914 and they've always known about the building's Acadian origins but were unable to pinpoint a date of construction.
The team from Mount Allison took samples of wood from beams in the basement and attic for age testing.
The dating of the wood samples at 1808 is about 20 years older than once believed.
The Acadians were among the first European settlers in New Brunswick, with some resettling in Bathurst following the Acadian Deportation of 1755.

Organizations: Mount Allison University

Geographic location: Bathurst, New Brunswick

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