Historic Linden

On 29 April 1970, under the Municipal District Council’s Act of 1969,  Macmarburg, a dimunitive for Mackenzie, Wismar and Christianburg was renamed Linden and officially declared a town.

Christianburg, the oldest settlemnt in the town was originally known as Stabroek. It was renamed in honour of Governor Christian Finette, who joined his name with Burg, his wife’s family name. This area was chiefly used for rubber bleeding and saw milling.

The area south of Christianburg was known as  Shingles Landing, on account of the production of shingles and wallaba posts (a local hardwood). Before the discover of hardwood, this area was an important transit point in gold and fiamond mining.

In 1916, with the discovery of bauxite all economic activity in the town was focused on Mackenzie, on the opposite side of the Berbice River.

Today Linden, is popularly known as the Mining Town.There are several historical sites scattered throughout this town that are representative of the diversity of Guyana’s heritage.

The Christanburg WaterWheel, was  installed in 1855 to facilitate the operations of a saw mill owned and operated by John Dalgleish Patterson.  This water wheel is a fine example of Guyana’s industrial heritage.

Watooka House, this elegant structure with its timber shutters, and jalousied windows is a sterling example of Guyana’s renown wooden architecture. Constructed in the late 19th century, this was the location for many of the finest balls and social gatherings in Linden.

St. Matthews Church, was constructed by the Presebyterians was opened on 25 November 1898. Today this church serves an important role in the social and cultural lives of Lindens community.

Christianburg Magistrates’ Court, this edifice was formerly the residence of John Dalgleish Patterson. It wasone of the largest houses constructed in British Guiana during the 1830s.Though this structure has been modified to accomodate the proceesings of the Court, many of its architectural features such as the brick columns, wooden jalousie windows and timber shutters are still visible.