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Makeover for US president Jackson's ancestral Carrickfergus home

Andrew Jackson Cottage
Andrew Jackson Cottage
Andrew Jackson Cottage
Mayor Maureen Morrow with the council’s tourism team Patricia McEldowney and Alison Mawhinney at Andrew Jackson Cottage
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

The ancestral home of a former US president has reopened after a £250,000 makeover.

The Andrew Jackson Cottage, named after the seventh American president, is an Ulster-Scots farmhouse built in the 1750s in Boneybefore near Carrickfergus. It is where Jackson's parents lived before they emigrated to the US.

The renovation works include replacing and repairing the traditional wooden beams, restoring the facade, new paving along the outside, damp repairs including installation of new heated flooring and the restoration of the thatched roof.

So specialised is the art of thatching that a specialist tradesman was sourced to complete the works.

Maureen Morrow, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, said: "We're delighted with the difference these works have made to safeguard this must-see attraction."

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