Kings Landing, Country Life in Early Canada, 1979, by Wayne Barrett, hardcover with dust jacket, published by Oxford University Press.
Kings Landing is a Pioneer Village in present-day New Brunswick, Canada.
From the dust jacket -----
On a peaceful bank of the Saint John River is a village living in the eighteen hundreds. Here, at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, the sights and sounds, the pleasures and labours, the small activities of daily life, are those of a century and more ago. Here our modern world is unimagined.
To see Kings Landing brought to life is to know what inspired the poetic imagery of the Victorians. No brief description can convey the beautiful richness and variety of human detail in this book, which recreates Victorian life through all the seasons and from childhood to old age.
All the photographs in this book were specially commissioned. They give a representation of the Settlement and form an album of central New Brunswick in the nineteenth century. The introduction and the extensive detailed captions to the plates add a wealth of historical information that rounds out this portrayal of early rural life in a part of British North America.
This book is in a very good condition with edge wear to the cover primarily at the corners and in the region of the spine. The dust jacket has wear including creases and small tears, along the upper and lower edges with creases at the flap on the inside of the front cover and a shallow crease from top to bottom on the back cover of the dust jacket.
More information about Kings Landing from the internet -----
Kings Landing grew out of the massive Mactaquac Dam Project which began in the 1960s. The New Brunswick government, in an attempt to meet rising demands for electric energy, decided to build a dam across the St. John River at Mactaquac and create a headpond that would extend 100 kilometres up river to Woodstock.
It was obvious that the flooding of the Valley would disrupt long established communities and farms on the banks of the St. John River. The first settlers used the river as a highway and therefore built their homes along its banks. Any trace of these original settlements would be wiped out by the ensuing flood. So a new “settlement” was created by moving historically and architecturally significant buildings out of the flood plain to what is now Kings Landing. Over the course of a number of years, they were restored to their original time periods and appropriately furnished.
The purpose of Kings Landing Historical Settlement is to represent life in the central St. John River Valley throughout the 19th century. During our summer season we represent the transition from the Loyalists to the late Victorians in the time period 1780s to 1910. The key elements of our outdoor museum work together to tell this history. The landscape and buildings reflect the relationship between people and their natural environment. With each building restored to a specific date, the artifacts are seen in context. The buildings and artifacts are displayed as they should be, in direct relationship with the people of our past.
At Kings Landing we take great pride in the authenticity of our restorations and the way we interpret the evolution of family and community life along the banks of the St. John River. The period we represent was a time of dramatic growth and change for New Brunswick. The Loyalists laid the foundation of the province’s economic and social structures, and built settlements along most of the principal river valleys. By the turn of the century lumbering and timber exports drove the provincial economy and made commercial centres of Saint John, St. Andrews, Newcastle and Chatham.
Who were the Loyalists? They were refugees from the American Revolution who had courageously and steadfastly held to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming opposition. They came from each of the Thirteen Colonies and from all walks of life.
At war’s end many Loyalists had their homes confiscated and were declared public enemies. They dared not return home. They had given their all to a cause and lost.
Seeing the seriousness of their circumstances the British government granted them land in the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Thousands of Loyalists landed at the mouth of St. John River in the spring and fall of 1783. New Brunswick was then part of Nova Scotia, and only became a separate colony in 1784.
They were a mixed group. They definitely were not, as some have claimed, all from well to do families. Rather they were a broad sweep of Americans at that time, including a few wealthy families, many craftsmen and farmers and even some slaves. Most were ordinary people who made an extraordinary decision. Whatever their background, they all faced a future of struggle and hard work.
The first few years were very hard years for many of the Loyalists. The British government supplied seeds, farming tools and food. Some who arrived in the late autumn of 1783 spent their first New Brunswick winter in a tent.
For some the hardships proved too much and they gave up and returned to the United States or even to England. Still others found that their lands were not productive and moved to new grants. By the late 1780s their farms were productive, their shops bustling as the Loyalists made lives for themselves in their new homeland.
During the 1800s thousands of Scottish, Irish and English settlers immigrated to the province and opened up the backwoods. As Queen Victoria came to the throne, New Brunswick craftsmen were known for their furniture, silver, cloth and manufactured products. Farms, well established for several decades, prospered and the prospect of railroads buoyed the hopes of the factories as they entered Confederation.
Steamships, railroads and telegraph lines linked them to the rest of the Dominion and the world. This story of evolution is told from the personal level of the families who lived and worked along the banks of the St. John River over 100 years ago.
Kings Landing is a place where over 100 years of New Brunswick’s history and culture comes to life. This is the 19th century. It is a place where you can touch, taste, hear, see and truly experience the 1800s. It is more than just history, it’s history well told.
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