On Thanksgiving weekend we visited Kings Landing Historical Settlement just west of Fredericton for an autumn stroll through the village. It was a beautiful fall day and there were a lot of people out for the Thanksgiving Harvest Weekend celebration. We noted cars in the very full parking lot from as far away as Maine, New Hampshire and Texas!
The village was decorated for fall and the harvest with natural displays throughout. There was also a 'turkey shoot' taking place that I've always wanted to see. The 'turkeys' are actually paper targets which one can shoot at with an old musket and was quite interesting to see. There were turkey (real!!) dinners being held at the 'Kings Head' but we didn't dine there. One could get on a wagon pulled by a team of horses to travel through the village but we chose to walk on this beautiful afternoon.
Come along with me as we walk through this wonderful historical settlement nestled on the banks of the St. John River.
Do you see the pumpkin on the fence?
This is perhaps, one of the most iconic scenes at Kings Landing of the saw mill and the dam. The dam came into dangerous disrepair a few years ago and had to be closed to the public for a couple of years while it was rebuilt and the the mill was also repaired. It was reopened this summer and has been popular stop in the settlement. Note how low the water is. It's been a very dry summer here.
The view from the dam to the newly rebuilt bridge.
The Grist Mill
Another view of the grist mill.
This bridge was also rebuilt and raised 5 feet for a more level, and much safer, crossing for the horse drawn wagon loads of people.
This was a popular spot on this lovely fall afternoon - outside and inside at the pub.
Muskets at the ready for the turkey shoot.
One of the prettiest fences I've ever seen.
A colourful fall display in the Grant Store window.
Resting from the day's chores.
This takes us half way through the settlement so to keep you from being bored with so many photos I'll continue on our walk in a few days. I hope you'll come back to visit.
Have a wonderful week and enjoy those fall colours!