On the rural road to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick one drives through many small communities. The scenic drive is one I always enjoy as the road winds up and down hills and follows the Petitcodiac River. Two of the communities are Hopewell Cape and the village of Hillsborough. They are about 20 minutes from the big city of Moncton and are becoming popular spots to visit with several shops and cafes. There are several museums to tour too. When we returned from Hopewell Rocks in August we stopped in Hillsborough to visit a couple of antique/vintage shops. The first shop was in the old Hopewell Cape United Baptist Church in the photo above and is called "Alter Girl" (they are on Facebook - Alter Girl Collections).
Everything inside this building is original - including no heat. :)
I love the dresser and old tool box!
In Hillsborough we stopped at the old post office building and I went inside to visit "The Olde Post Office" (also on Facebook) vintage shop.
It still has it's bank of beautiful brass mail boxes in the lobby. (sorry - bad cell phone photos) Do you remember these beautiful old post office boxes? I sure do!
Inside the post office where we can see the backside of the mailboxes.
I absolutely love this china pattern! There was a whole table set with it along with vintage silver and crystal. Just gorgeous!
I left there (hubby was 'resting' in the car) and went across the street where the old train station is which is the home of the New Brunswick Railway Museum. When our children were small there used to be a vintage train ride on the Salem-Hillsborough Railway that took tourists on a ride through the back country of Albert County. The train crossed the very high Hyram Trestle across a valley which terrified me due to my fear of heights. All the rail tracks are removed now and the trains sit idle at the station for people to walk on and see this mode of transportation. I've ridden on quite a few trains in my life but not in a very long while. Have you enjoyed the sounds and smells of a diesel train engine pulling the railcars along the tracks?
Notice the old spelling of Hillsboro on the sign.
There was even an old fighter jet parked out back.
It's the end of the line for these trains.
We enjoyed our visit in these pretty communities. There is a lot of history in that area that was first settled in 1700 by the early Acadians until the expulsion in 1755. In 1766 a group of settlers arrived with surnames of Somers, Lutz, Trietz (Trites), Jones and Stieff (Steeves) ~ all common names in the area even today. More info on the Steeves family can be found here and on the Lutz (Lutes) family here.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Albert County and it's 'treasures'. It truly is a beautiful part of New Brunswick and one could take 2 days or more to take it all in especially if planning on visiting Fundy National Park and Hopewell Rocks. Moncton can be your 'home-base' to make day trips from or there are several motels and B&B's along the route. A week in the area would be ideal. My blog friend Faye, of the blog The Blessed Hearth, actually shared a post today of her drive along the beautiful backroads of Albert County! Faye grew up in Albert County and I grew up in Moncton which is in Westmorland Co. just across the river from Albert Co. I hope you will stop by her blog and see her pretty photos of the rolling hills and farms.
Thanks for visiting.