Harvest Knot Making Experience at the Andrew Jackson Cottage

About the event

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are pleased to offer ‘hands on’ craft experiences at the Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Museum. On Saturday 20th August come along to experience harvest knot making from 11am to 3pm. No booking required.

About the Andrew Jackson Cottage:

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.


Where is it taking place?

Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Museum,
2 Boneybefore,

When is it taking place?

August 20th, 11am to 3pm

Do you need to book?

No, booking is not required.

About August Craft Month with Craft NI

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2022 will mark the 16th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.

Contact details

Event website

Craft NI Instagram

Craft NI Facebook

Craft NI ACM Calendar

For further information please contact Carrickfergus Castle Visitor Information Centre at or call 028 9335 8262


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

As COVID guidelines may change between now and the time of each event please check back for updated information, or contact the event organiser directly. Stay safe!

Event Details

Maker: Andrew Jackson Cottage

Starts: Aug 20 at 11:00 am

Ends: Aug 20 at 3:00 pm

Discipline: Basketry & Willow

Location: Antrim

Type: Workshop

Price: Free