Welcome to Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick. This recreated village was built in the 1960's and will be celebrating it's 40th anniversary next year. The homes, barns, churches, even the outhouses, are all from different spots along the St. John River above the Mactaquac Dam. There are a couple of houses from Fredericton as well. All were saved from the wrecker's ball, the torch and from the flooding of the St. John River Valley due to the building of the Mactaquac Hydro Electric Dam which was opened in 1964.
I have done several posts on Kings Landing which will come up at the end under my labels if you care to see them.
A fellow blogger and friend, Linda Hubbard, of the blog Stitch Lines joined me last Thursday and we spent about 6 hours walking around and talking with the 'villagers', taking photos, had lunch at the Kings Head Inn and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day in this village along the mighty St. John River.
The pamphlet we were given when we purchased our ticket invited us to "experience our village in 4 different ways ~ museum, story, hands on and trades". This is something new this year and I think it worked quite well with the visiting public. The above sign lists what was going on that day and the number of the venue.
Linda will be doing a post on our visit as well so we just might have some of the same pictures. :) That's okay isn't it?
If you can't walk far you can get a ride on the sloven wagon anywhere through the village. The original 'hop-on hop-off bus'.
Above is a closer view of the Joslin Farm. This house was featured in a movie that was filmed at Kings Landing last year. The movie, Copperhead, took place during the American Civil War and was about a man who was against the war (hence the name 'copperhead' (or snake)) and how it affected him, his family and the community. I went to see this movie last week and it was so great to see the houses from here portrayed in it as well as a few familiar faces of local people that acted in the background. The movie is still playing in Fredericton until this Thursday if you would like to see it.
Two ladies were in the kitchen preparing squash for the Kings Head Inn which will be open for Thanksgiving dinners next weekend.
The crops have been harvested and some things are hung to dry for the winter's food.
Beautiful red sumac leaves against the blue sky.
Here is my friend, Linda, chatting with a couple in the Jones House.
Diners at the Kings Head Inn were serenaded by this fiddler.
The back of the Perley House and barn.
The sun shining in the door lit up this container of gourds next to the fireplace.
Well, I guess that's enough pictures for today. Did you know that I took over 250 photos? And I can't show them all to you, can I.
I will do another post in a couple of days. A lot of the photos I took were of windows and doors so I will leave them for special posts later on. I just wish you could come here and experience Kings Landing for yourself. It is definitely a step back into time in a beautiful setting and there are things for young and old alike to see and enjoy. Kings Landing closes on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14. If you are planning a visit to New Brunswick next year be sure to include it on your list of things to see and do.
Pop over to Linda's Stitch Lines blog to see her post today.
I hope you have a great day.