Perhaps the oldest residence in Saint John is the Loyalist House. The New England Federal style home was built in 1817 for David Merritt. He was the son of Thomas Merritt, a United Empire Loyalists who fled New York in 1783 after the British lost the American Revolution. Five generations of the Merritt family lived here for 141 years. They watched as their farmland evolved into the center of Uptown by the time Louis Merritt Harrison died in 1958. This National Historic Site of Canada was then purchased by the New Brunswick Historical Society and opened as a museum. Step inside to tour what an affluent lifestyle was like during the 19th century.