|The weather is a little overcast today so we thought this would be a good day to drive down to Kings Landing. Kings Landing is about 20 minutes from Fredericton and is a town that was creatd in the late 1960s. Kings Landing depicts the one hundred year transformation of a young colony into a vibrant nation. The buildings were moved to the site to allow for construction of the hydro-electric dam, which raised the water level of the St. John River over 150 ft.
The research on each home that is at Kings Landing has been researched and the history is based on real families. There are over 70 historic buildings, complete with artifacts, furniture, tools and equipment. The staff dress in the era and you can see them farming and cooking. They have a sawmill and that provides a lot of the wood for anything they are building or repairing. In 1783 15,000 United Empire Loyalists were granted land along the river based on their rank in the British army. They were amoung the first settlers to this region.
Kings Landing is part of a back-breeding program for livestock, vegetables and flowers. The varities of vegetables and flowers on the property are examples of types common in the 19th century, but less common or almost extinct today.
Each home and trade area of Kings Landing has been restored to a different time period. 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.
We at lunch at the King's Head Inn and it was delicious. We had a huge turkey, ham, salad which was on for 1/2 price and it was so pleasant sitting there and watching the servers recreate how they would of served you in the 1700's. They have a pub downstairs which has entertainment on the weekends for June but starting in July-August they have it everyday.
It took us at least 5 hours to walk around this whole site it surprised us how big it was. I think what takes so long is as you go into each home or walk along the pathways you run into the people who work there and they tell you the stories of the families and the history of those times. We learned that a lot of the vegetables from the gardens are used in the restaurant.
Brian really liked the old sawmill and everything in there. I think he could of spent hours just talking to the young fellow in there. We meet lots of people visiting from Ontario and Quebec. We were sure happy at the end of the day we thought we had to walk all the way back to the main entrance but nope we got a ride on a horse drawn wagon a bit bumpy but better than walking all that way.
Brian's back is really sore today after all that walking and it looks like we are in for a rain storm so we just came back to the resort and relaxing right now. We are just going to do a bit of laundry and watch a movie.