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Crochet demonstrations at Andrew Jackson Cottage

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Come along to Andrew Jackson Cottage for free Crotchet Demonstrations, as part of August Craft Month 2024.


Located less than a mile from the Town Centre, off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson Cottage is a traditional thatched Ulster-Scots farmhouse built in 1750s.

This cottage is one of about twelve cottages built in this style when there was an influx of lowland Scots people into S.E. Antrim. This cottage was built by the Donaldson family and lived in by them until 1979 when it was sold to Carrickfergus Borough Council.

It has been restored to its original state including an open fireplace with a daub and wattle canopy and hanging crane. The original Jackson cottage was demolished in 1860 to make way for the railway. The interior has been decorated as a traditional cottage with a dresser, sponge wear crockery and iron pots and griddles. The centre has an impressive exhibition on the life and career of Andrew Jackson (1767- 1845) 7th President of the United States of America whose parents emigrated from here in 1765.

In the grounds of the cottage is the US Rangers Centre, a museum dedicated to the men of the first battalions of the elite American Army Unit the US Rangers that was first ‘activated’ in Carrickfergus in 1942. The display includes documents, uniforms and photographs and other material detailing this famous combat unit.

Look for the blue plaque about 50 metres to the west that marks the site of the original Jackson homestead.


No booking is necessary and further event information can be found on the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Facebook page and general property information on the links above.

Event Address: Andrew Jackson Cottage, Boneybefore, Carrickfergus

Suitable For: Adults 18+

All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Andrew Jackson Cottage

Starts: Sat 10 Aug at 11:00 am

Ends: Sat 10 Aug at 3:00 pm

Craft Type: Textile Making

Event Location: Antrim

Event Type: Family Friendly, For Children, Demonstration

Price: Free