The Forest Home Hotel

The first hotel in Colpoy's Bay village appears to have been built around 1870 by John Shackelton. Known as Shackelton's Hotel, the structure stood on the southernmost lot on the east side of Albemarle Street (near the government wharf, just north up the street from where Mallory Beach Road now runs - See lot map in the menu at the right of the screen). After perhaps ten years, this hotel burned down and was replaced with another building named The Royal Hotel. This second hotel also burned down likely about 1888. Unfortunately, I have yet to see any surviving photographs of these earliest hotels.

In about 1889, John's son James expanded his year-old home on lot 3 (further north up the east side of Albemarle Street, just beyond where the tennis court now lies) to create the Forest Home Hotel, also known as the Mansion House Hotel. The Shackeltons ran the establishment until May 1896 when E. Sprowel took over. Unfortunately, by the time the Sprowels left in 1904 the hotel had earned a reputation for rowdiness, at one point losing its liquor license and narrowly escaping closure at the hands of a village petition. The Bryan family were the final family to run the Forest Home as a hotel, acting as proprietors from 1904 until about 1918 when James Cunningham, former town blacksmith, converted his old home into a community hall and moved one lot north into the Forest Home. Figure 11A shows the Forest Home hotel about 1927.

Figure 11A:  The former Forest Home Hotel (about 1927)

The Forest Home served as the Cunningham's home for ten years until they left the village in 1928, at which time CE Whicher Ltd. bought the building and rented it out as a house. In the end, the former Forest Home hotel took the same fate as its predecessors, burning to the ground in 1934 under somewhat dubious circumstances. (See Figure 11B)

Figure 11B:  The former Forest Home Hotel burning down (c. 1934)

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