Funding boost for ancestral home of former American president in Cullybackey

Arthur Cottage

A FUNDING boost is on the way for Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey.

The cottage is the ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st President of the United States of America.

Visitors enter the carefully restored cottage to be transported to a bygone era and see how the Arthur family lived in the late 18th Century.

Tourists can follow the story of the Arthur family and trace the link from a rural village in Northern Ireland to the American Presidency.

The funding boost comes at a time when there are also efforts to highlight the Ulster-Scots culture of Mid & East Antrim and to make the current heritage offering more attractive to tour operators and international visitors.

The Andrew Jackson Cottage in Carrickfergus is also part of the initiative.

There is a new Ulster Presidents’ Trail initiative where the Council has been working with Tourism Northern Ireland and others to develop a trail linked to Ulster American and Ulster Scots heritage sites.

The trail is due to be promoted at an event in Atlanta, Georgia.

A report prepared for Mid & East Antrim Borough councillors said the Ulster-Scots Agency had secured funding from the Department for Communities to fund interpretation at Arthur Cottage and Andrew Jackson Cottage to a maximum of a total of £100,000.

The Council report said: ‘Improved interpretation at the sites will be extremely beneficial in promoting both cottages to a wider audience and in the further development of the Ulster Presidents’ Trail.’




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