Andrew Jackson Cottage

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


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2 Responses to Andrew Jackson Cottage

  1. Hello,

    I have a coach tour booked with you for Sat. 28th May 2016.

    I have 38 passengers booked at present, but will let you know precise numbers a few days before. We hope to be with you about 12 noon & then we would like to go up town for lunch from about 1.15pm onwards, if possible.

    Many thanks,

    Heather Montgoemry (Aughnacloy Historical Society, Co. Tyrone)

    Heather Montgomery May 13, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply
    • Hi Heather

      Thanks for your comment. We’re not affiliated with Andrew Jackson Cottage. We are photobloggers who travel across Ireland with 360° cameras recording where we go on this website.

      You would need to contact Mid and East Antrim Borough Council directly.
      Thanks
      Thomas

      Thomas May 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply

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