Places to See | Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A traditional thatched Ulster -Scots farmhouse built in 1750′s, situated in the townland of Boneybefore, Co Antrim.
The cottage is one of 12 built in this style when there was an influx of lowland Scots people into south-east Antrim. This cottage was built by the Donaldson family, and lived in by their descendants until 1979, when it was sold to Carrickfergus Borough Council. The original Jackson cottage was demolished in 1860 to make way for the railway.
The Andrew Jackson Cottage at Carrickfergus, highlights the strong connection between Carrickfergus, America and Ulster-Scots, as well as telling the story of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of USA, whose parents emigrated to America from Carrickfergus in 1765. It is a popular venue on European Heritage Open Days and an important historic site in Co Antrim.
Located a short distance from the Carrickfergus Castle and town centre, the cottage has been restored to its original state, furbished with furniture and equipment of the period including an open fireplace with a daub and wattle canopy and hanging crane. The cottage has an impressive display on the life and career of Andrew Jackson (1767- 1845) 7th President of the United States of America whose parents emigrated from here in 1765.
In the grounds of the Andrew Jackson Cottage is an exhibition dedicated to the US Rangers, the elite American army regiment formed in Carrickfergus in 1942. The US Rangers were based in Carrickfergus during World War II. The display includes documents, uniform and photographs and other material detailing the birth of this famous combat unit.
There is a blue plaque, 50m to the west that marks the location of the original Jackson cottage. If you’re in this part of Northern Ireland take some time out to check out this County Antrim attraction.
Address: Andrew Jackson Cottage, 2 Boneybefore, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim BT38 7EQ