Centreville is a village in Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada. Statistics Canada reported the population to be 557 in 2016, which is a 2.8% increase from the 2011 population of 542. The mayor is Michael Stewart. Take a look below for 25 interesting and awesome facts about Centreville, New Brunswick, Canada.
1. Centreville is a small village, with approximately 550 residents as of 2013.
2. It is located only two miles from the border of Maine, US, at the Bridgewater crossing. There are a few stores; Valufoods (formerly Freshmart) & Gramma’s Restaurant & Bake Shop.
3. There is also a Home Hardware store and two stores offering good quality ladies clothing and extensive gift-ware.
4. One of Centreville’s known stores, M&D Convenience Store & Gas Bar shut down in late 2017 after the owner retired.
5. Within Centreville there are three churches located in the town limits, the St. James Anglican Church, St. Pauls United Church and the Centreville Baptist Church.
6. There is also a hair studio and a banking co-operative as well as a post office. Centreville is a service centre serving small communities such as Knoxford, Williamstown and Tracey Mills which are just outside the village. This is also a large farming community.
7. Centreville is also the host of annual Tractor Pulls. Alongside potatoes, it’s probably what the village is best known for.
8. There is a K-8 school, Centreville Community School, located in the centre of the village, housing approx. 250 students. This is part of ASD-W (Previously school district 14). Before the school became a community school there was an elementary school located on the same grounds as what was then the Centreville Middle School.
9. Centreville Elementary School was closed in 2004 and the grades consolidated into one building: Centreville Community School. The old elementary school was torn down in 2011.
10. Centreville is one of several communities within Carleton County that historically participated in the annual Potato Break. Potato Break was a 2 & 1/2 week break from school around potato harvesting time (mid-September through early October) that allowed students the opportunity to help with the potato harvest, although working on the break was not mandatory.
11. Schools that participated in Potato Break began classes in early August to compensate for the time taken off for Potato Break. This affected all feeder schools for Carleton North High School. Many of the other schools in the nearby areas did not participate in Potato Break because of one simple reason; less potatoes grown.
12. These schools start school after Labor Day. The need for Potato Break was under review by the DEC and School District 14. For many years now, mechanization in the fields has vastly reduced the need for student labor.
13. Centreville was first founded by Thomas Johnston, who immigrated to New Brunswick from Ireland in 1821.
14. In October 1896, construction of a railroad was started but was later stopped due to funding in December 1896.
15. In October 1912, construction of the rail road was resumed and completed on October 1, 1914.
16. Centreville received its first telephone line 1894 connecting it with the town of Woodstock. It was not until 1902 that lines were added to the surrounding areas.
17. In February 1924 the installation of the electric line was completed and Centreville was able to use electricity.
18. Without a doubt Centreville’s biggest pastime is their annual tractor pull. The event started with farmers coming together with their best tractors and seeing who could tow the heaviest weight to gain bragging rights. Today it has developed into a weekend long event with modified tractors & trucks instead of the old traditional tractors that used to be used.
19. BWS Manufacturing is a family run company located in Centreville where they specialize in the production of trailers for the agriculture, construction, forestry and commercial industries.
20. BWS Manufacturing has been a major employer and contributor to the local economy for the past 48 years in Centreville.
21. Metalfab Ltd. is another company that has called Centreville home since 1967, employing 40 people from the surrounding areas.
22. Metalfab Ltd. is specialized in building custom fire trucks for their customers depending on their needs.
23. HSF Foods Ltd. is also located in Centreville and has been located in the village since 2006. HSF Foods Ltd. processes fresh potatoes into dehydrated potato flakes for industries around the world.
24. Centreville Equipment Ltd. is an agricultural based company located in Centreville. They sell farm equipment and parts to the surrounding areas.
25. M&D Convenience was notably the hub of Centreville as it provided the residents with easy access to fuel, groceries, and essential hardware until it shut down in late 2017 after the owner chose to retire.