Barbour's General Store

Barbour's General Store, Saint John: Address, Phone Number, Barbour's General Store Reviews: 3.5/5

Barbour's General Store
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LOTRfan
Jessup, MD324 contributions
Solo
The small museum/store is half museum and half tourist store. On 1 side are artifacts that show how a general store would've been in the middle to late 1800's the building was an actual store from 1840 to 1940). On the other side, the store sells t-shirts, a few postcards and a few items as well as drinks in the back. There's also a tourism office in the back.

Overall, this isn't a place to go out of your way to see but, if you're in the area, you might want to check it out. Lastly, for those on a cruise, it's very easy to get to. You exit the cruise ship terminal, turn left and go straight down Water Road that runs by the cruise ship terminal. It'll be on your right. If in doubt, get a map from the terminal as it's marked on the map.
Written September 24, 2019
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Peeceecee
Skipton, UK1,058 contributions
Quaint old store/museum/ gift shop with some mildly interesting artefacts.. Probably not worth making a special trip for but worth a look if you are passing.
Written October 18, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,485 contributions
A picture is worth a thousand words and taking the younger generation for a glimpse of how was lived over a hundred years ago is worth many thousand words. This treasure was picked up and moved from Northern New Brunswick and shipped down the St John River. It was plopped down here in the 1960's where it today operates like a museum, Visitor Info Center, tour center, and gift shop. It carries the name of the company that delivered the structure to Saint John.

It is a Victorian-era shop (probably much like the one David Merrit would have run, he's the guy who built the Loyalist House) and the things sold included (but were not limited to) clothing, medicine, tobacco, board games, and Surprise soap! This soap was the very first kind of merchandise to contain a "prize" (small coin at first, then a token to redeem). So, all those boxes of Cracker Jacks and cereals that contain prizes got their start here.

The store is closed Monday - Wednesday and opens at 10 the other days (except Sunday when it opens at noon) and generally closes at 6 pm. It's purpose is to heighten awareness of history by exhibiting the types of merchandise the typical resident would have bought and used.
Written September 30, 2019
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Gershep
New York517 contributions
I expected more from this store. It is very small and does have some old time artifacts. Nice for a quick stop if you happened to be passing it.
Written September 20, 2019
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jrmom1238
Effort, PA74 contributions
Couples
We loved this shop, not only did they have museum (antiques) pieces on display as well as in use. You walked in and felt like you stepped back in time. Nice quick stop for last minute shopping on way back to ship.
Also they had a nice area to sit along side the sculptures of people waiting by John Hooper
Written October 3, 2018
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Beth Damascus
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Barbour's General Store is located kitty corner from Market Square. It is a museum and store, packed with interesting artifacts from days gone by. It's not very big, but definitely worth a visit. Great photo ops too!
Written October 24, 2019
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,237 contributions
We were visiting Market Square and couldn't help but notice this General Store. It is OK just for a quick visit but isn't anything extraordinary.
Written September 3, 2019
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Alan Z
Tampa, FL1,452 contributions
Couples
If your walking by on the way to Market Square, but all means stop in and a look, but this is not a "Must See" if your driving pass Saint John to someplace else. There are hundreds of antique items, displays, signs, dry goods items in the store from days gone by. There do also sell some gifts as well. Interesting and unique but not a destination place.
Written August 1, 2019
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Joe L
New York City, NY77 contributions
Family
We usually love this kind of place, but we were out of there in about 5 minutes. Tiny. Not a lot of items for sale and not a lot of history to take in. I wouldn't search it out. If you're walking by,take a 5 minute peek.
Written July 23, 2019
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ajdl801
Easton, PA13 contributions
We were looking for this place when we got off the cruise ship. It was a little bit further from the port than we thought and we stumbled across it while we were looking for directions. The employees were cheerful and helpful. Since it was a warm day we drank plenty of water and the price per bottle was very very good. Plenty of things to look at. My wife and I didn't make any purchases but the other two couples did. Also a Information Center was in the rear of the store. Also very helpful. I believe we'd stop in again and stay a little longer if we had more time.
Written July 8, 2019
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