Special Places in New Brunswick

Wednesday morning, September 12, we left heading southeast toward Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick.  Highway 2 is a good divided highway although it has a few rough spots or frost heaves and crosses many hills and forested areas.  We had driven about 40 kilometers (see how fast I can go metric?) when we saw a sign for King’s Landing and one more Visitor Center.  So we exited.   What a special surprise this was! King’s Landing is an actual settlement comprised of 1800s era homes, churches, shops, and farms.  All the homes were brought here from other places in New Brunswick, many from the Saint John area that were rescued when the hydro-electric dam was being built and threatened them.  Every building has people (mostly employees and not volunteers) dressed in authentic clothing of the period actually working at their various tasks.  The research on each home was meticulous, and the history presented is based on real families. In 1783 15,000 United Empire Loyalists were granted land along the river based on their rank in the British army.  They were among the first settlers to this region.  Especially neat is that it is a living museum meaning the wood stoves in the houses work and are being used to cook food, the farms are growing food and animals, the gristmill has buckwheat in it which was used for flour then the hulls were used for their mattresses and insulation, the King’s Head Inn was serving lunch in the upstairs dining room, the blacksmith had hot coals in his forge making square nails and the surprises kept coming.

One of the neatest things was watching Dusty, the draft horse, on his inclined treadmill supplying power for a drag saw to cut logs for firewood.  Farmer Joslin had several hogs in his barns and one was the largest black sow I ever saw.  She must have weighed over 400 pounds and would have just barely fit in the back of our truck. Some good care given to these farm critters!  We had a good visit with the lady storekeeper in the General Store who was actually knitting a sweater which would be sold in the store.

Can't take this guy out anywhere!

After we had spent about three hours walking through this town, across the bridges and over rivers and up hills, we were growing weary so hitched a ride back to the visitor center on the wagon being pulled by a pair of draft horses and a rather verbose young driver with a gift of gab.  There is no way to relate how many antique treasures are amassed at this place which included furniture, spinning wheels, looms, dishes, linens, farm equipment and carriages.  What a compliment to the people of New Brunswick as this place was built in the 1960s and remains active today.  You can go to a map of the area and see how much they have relocated here by clicking on this link:  http://kingslanding.nb.ca/interactive-map/.  The name Kings Landing Historical Settlement was chosen for the Kings American Dragoons, a regiment of loyalists in the American Revolution, and “Landing”, for a stopping point or wharf where boats could tie up.  Kings Landing is a Crown Corporation of the Province of New Brunswick, under the department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living, and is governed by a Board of Directors.  Best day we’ve had in awhile.

After we returned to the RV and walked the girls, we set out for our final stop for the night.  We actually drove 2 ½ more hours into the area of Hopewell Cape and our destination camp of Ponderosa Pines by about 7 PM.  Boy, were we tired!

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