Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 3 of 49

This morning the whole gang is hitch up and ready to head into Canada.  Here we are lined up waiting to show our passports and answer some interesting questions.  Everyone made it through without having to have their rigs searched.  

We only went 78 miles, but it was pretty and took almost all day to do it.  There was a very interesting stop over on the way.

The Canadians are very serious about their moose.  Huge sign and it has flashing lights on it too.  

Our stop was at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
King's Landing is a recreation of a New Brunswick town from the period of 1780-1910. It was created around buildings that were saved and moved.
It was primarily settled by Anglo-American  Loyalists from the Thirteen Colonies, who were called the United Empire Loyalists in Canada; Scottish, Irish and English Scottish, Irish, and English immigrants were early settlers  
  Kings Landing Historical Settlement is a representation of rural New Brunswick durying the 19th and early 20th centruy.  It is not a replica of an actural village, but a collection of salvaged or recreated buildings.  With few exceptions, all the historical buildings on site have been moved and remodeled to specific years in their history.  The project was originally started in the late 19960's and continues to the present day as new buildings are being added every few years.

 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.

The caravan leaders arranged for a horse drawn wagon to take us down the the beginning of all the happenings in the settlement.  This is a view of us coming upon Inn and Pub so I asked our driver, Randy, if he would let us off to get a bite to eat and a drink.  It was of the period too, of course.  They had good eats and a singer to entertain us that was excellent too.
 Being a living museum, these buildings are kept in working order whenever possible and, in some case, artisans provide goods and services for other parts of the village and for sale in the shops. The complex has a number of barns, and appropriate livestock to go with them. This ranges from chickens and geese to large work horses and oxen. The animals are kept on site not only for show, but also for practical purposes. For example, the chickens give eggs, the cows produce milk, and the horses are used to pull wagons for the visitors from one end of the village to the other.


More than a dozen houses, all of which are original buildings, are gathered on site. In the houses, employees welcome visitors, go about daily chores, cook period meals and create period crafts, all while in costumes appropriate to the time period of their area.
There are also "trades" buildings: these are the shops and businesses that the local men would have owned and operated, many of which would have required a period of apprenticeship/training for those employed there. Examples would be the Print Shop, Sash and Door Factory, Gorham's Carpenter Shop, Dennin's Blacksmith Shop, Week's Cooper Shop, etc.

We went in this house and the lady of the house played the organ and we helped her with a song. 

Each home and trade area at Kings Landing has been restored to a different time period.  Look for differences in style of clothing, technology, cooking utensils, architectural styles of the home, conveniences such as water and more.

It was a  wonderful experience and glad we did it.  The only wrong things the weather here is hot and humid, I think we reached 100 today so the settlement was on enjoyed by me like it should have. 
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