|The Jonah Residence is designated a Local Historic Place for its associations with the Jonah Family and the Sussex Mural Project, as well as for its architecture.
The Jonah Residence is recognized for its association with the family of Wilfred Burwell Jonah. The residence was built in 1884 for Charles W. Stockton, a descendant of Loyalists, who in 1910 sold it to the Jonah family. The Jonahs owned the house from 1910 to 1962. Wilfred Burwell Jonah, who was born in 1859, lived in Sussex from 1905 where he practiced law. In 1911 he was appointed a county judge for Albert-Kings, serving until his death in 1932. His son, Harry Nelson Jonah who was born in 1897, was a lawyer in practice with Senator Alfred Brook in Sussex, a Sussex town councillor from 1936 1937, town clerk for Sussex from 1938 until 1957, and a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1956 until 1962 when he was appointed a county judge. He died in 1985.
The Jonah Residence is recognized for its association with the Sussex Mural Project. From 2002 until 2008, the Jonah Residence was owned by Robert Gulman who operated a bed and breakfast on the premises. He conceived the Sussex Mural Project as a method to raise awareness of Sussex and to bring tourists to the town.
The Jonah Residence is also recognized for its architecture being a good example of Classic Revival residential architecture with Italianate influences from the late Victorian period. The classical forms of the Classic Revival style are enhanced by such Italianate details as the heavy paired brackets under the eaves and the wide, full-width veranda.
Source: Town of Sussex, Historic Places File #S-1-08