Walking in the door of the Thomas Bunn House, you feel like you are in a living museum. This charming and stately stone home has been standing since 1862, when it was built by stone mason Samuel Taylor for Thomas Bunn, fulfilling a promise to his wife Rachel that they would live on higher ground to escape the notorious spring floods of the Red River in Winnipeg.
The story of the history of Victoria Cottage has its origins with the early Thomas Bunn Family, which involved three Thomas Bunns over three generations. The original house was owned by the Bunn family from 1862-1937 (75 years), then the Montague family from 1937-1944 and finally the Stewart family from 1944-present (79+ years). The building and property were designated as a provincial site in 1992. In 1937, it was purchased by Ray Montague of Winnipeg who recognized the historical significance of the building to the heritage of Manitoba. The family accomplished some major repair work on the building and since 1944, the Stewart family have spent the past 79 years, maintaining the building and property for future generations.
Thomas Bunn was a local politician in the 1860s, and was a member of Louis Riel’s council, as well as one of the first provincial legislators.
The home has authentic artifacts, and was designated a heritage site by the province of Manitoba. The home has been in the Stewart family since 1944.
By operating the Thomas Bunn House as a B&B property, we have the opportunity to share this heritage experience with others.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a family gathering, a fishing trip, or to relive a part of the heritage of a Red River Metis family, the Thomas Bunn House bed and breakfast offers a unique experience.
Some of the pictures of the Thomas Bunn House B&B:
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