The British army built Fort Hughes during the AMERICAN REVOLUTION to protect the new settlements, the overland route to Québec City and the rich harvest of pine masts for the Royal Navy. Prosperity continued after the arrival of the LOYALISTS after 1783.
Timber remained the economic mainstay well into the 20th century with shipyards, sawmills and the business of the local merchants supplying the hinterland settlers. The most far-reaching changes occurred in the 1950s when CFB GAGETOWN - the largest land-manoeuvres training area in the Commonwealth - was established on Oromocto's borders.
When the town expanded to provide for the military influx, a comprehensive plan was adopted and Oromocto became "Canada's Model Town." Its economy has fared well, servicing and supplying the base, and the town has also attracted some light manufacturing to its industrial park.
Author DALE R. COGSWELL
Links to Other Sites
The website for the Town of Oromocto, located on the St. John River. Home of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce
The website for the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade. Formed in 1896, this organization promotes and supports business and economic development in Atlantic Canada. Click on "Chambers" for links to local Chambers of Commerce.
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