Doaktown, New Brunswick
Main Southwest Miramichi River in Doaktown (IR Walker 1988)
|Nickname(s): Heart of the Miramichi River Valley|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Mayor||Beverley K. Gaston|
|• Deputy Mayor||Tanya J. Robichaud|
|• Land||28.74 km2 (11.10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||30 m (100 ft)|
|• Density||27.6/km2 (71/sq mi)|
|• Change 2006-11||10.7%|
|Time zone||Atlantic (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||Atlantic (UTC-3)|
|Area code(s)||Area code 506|
It is situated on the Southwest Miramichi River and was first settled in 1807 for use as a base for the growing lumber industry in central New Brunswick. United Empire Loyalists came to the area after the American Revolutionary War and pooled the money needed for a land grant and received a grant under Ephriam Betts, the leader of the group.
Later, when the Doak family moved to the area from Ayrshire, Scotland, Ephriam was experiencing financial difficulty. Robert Doak was able to purchase a large amount of the original land grant and built a farm and grist mill on the property.
As the population grew, Robert Doak became a prominent citizen in the area. He served with the government in several capacities, including magistrate and justice of the peace.
When the post office first came to the area, a name had to be chosen. Since Robert Doak was a prominent citizen, the area was named after him, originally as Doakton. However, it was later changed to Doaktown as it is today.
The village has a prosperous lumber industry including the Russell and Swim sawmill now owned by J.D. Irving Limited.
The village has two museums: the Doak Historic Site and the Atlantic Salmon Museum. Other nearby attractions include the Priceville Footbridge, the longest suspension footbridge in New Brunswick, and Nelson Hollow Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in the province.
The municipal council is composed of a mayor and four councillors. The mandate of the elected officials lasts four years. The current counsel was formed after the election on May 12, 2008.
Current municipal council
|2012 - 2016||Maire||Beverly K. Gaston|
|Councillors||Wayne N. Fowler, Paul M. Gillepsie, Jeff D. Porter et Carl Price|
Historical municipal councils
|2008 - 2012||Mayor||Charles Eric Stewart|
|Councillors||Wayne N. Fowler, Paul Malcom Gillepsie, Carl R. Price, Scott E. Stewart.|
List of successive mayors of Doaktown
|Independent||Kenneth J. Robinson||1967-1971|
|Independent||E. Clarence Taylor||1971-1980|
|Independent||Benson H. Parker||1980-1986|
|Independent||Helen M. C. Taylor||1986-1988|
|Independent||Benson H. Parker||1988-1995|
|Independent||James W. Porter||1995-2004|
|Independent||Charles "Sonny" E. Stewart||2004–2012|
|Independent||Beverly K. Gaston||2012–present|
- William Gagnong (1904). A Monograph of the Origins of the Settlements in New Brunswick. Ottawa: J. Hope. p. 127..
- "Événements électoraux locaux de 2008" (PDF). Élections N.-B. Retrieved 10 January 2013.